March 2013
Florida Scientist;Spring2013, Vol. 76 Issue 2, p81
Academic Journal
The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) updated its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) in March 2008. Two months later, CHNEP updated its Environmental Indicators Technical Report. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires each of the 28 NEPs in the country to produce a "State of the Bay" report or report card from their environmental indicators rooted in their CCMP. This paper describes the process CHNEP used to develop and complete its report guided by a Citizens Advisory Committee. Using survey techniques, CHNEP selected environmental indicators that best represented the state of the Charlotte Harbor estuaries and watershed. Survey respondents included members of each of the four committees (representing citizens, scientists, resource managers and elected/appointed officials) which make up CHNEP's "Management Conference". Over the next three years, the Management Conference issued contracts to fill data gaps, decided on the report title and format, reviewed deliverables from the contracts, compiled and analyzed available data, collected additional data through volunteer citizen efforts and considered representations of the data analyses. The triennial watershed summit featured much of this work and served as a kick-off for the final review of the draft report. The published report can be requested or downloaded at www.chnep.org.


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