Protecting Watersheds

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Planting Forest Buffers

Developing Watershed Management Plans

Preserving Lands

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Chesapeake Bay Program Indicator Framework
Reporting Level Indicators
Indicator and Data Survey

A.  Category/Name/Source/Contact

(1) Category of Indicator
___ Factors Impacting Bay and Watershed Health
 _x_ Restoration and Protection Efforts
 ___ Watershed Health
 ___ Bay Health
 
(2) Name of Indicator: Protecting Watersheds Top Level Index

(3) Description of Dataset used to calculate percent of goal achieved:  
 The Protecting Watersheds Top Level Index incorporates scores for the following indicators:
o Planting Forest Buffers
o Developing Watershed Management Plans
o Preserving Lands
 Percent achievement values for each indicator assessed in the Protecting Watersheds category were averaged to create the index score. Values that exceed 100% (lands preserved: 2007-2009) were converted to 100% for the calculation of this index score.

 For what purpose(s) were the data collected? (e.g., tracking, research, or long-term monitoring.) Tracking progress towards a goal.
 Which parameters were measured directly? Component indicator values are based on tracked information provided by the Bay Program Partners. Which were obtained by calculation?  Percent achievement values for each indicator assessed in the category were averaged to create the index score.  Each indicator was assigned equal weight.

(4) Source(s) of Data: Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.
 Riparian Forest Buffers Planted: www.chesapeakebay.net/status_forestbuffers.aspx 
 Watershed Land Preservation: www.chesapeakebay.net/status_landspreserved.aspx 
 Watershed Management Plans Developed: www.chesapeakebay.net/status_watershedmanagement.aspx

 Is the complete data set accessible, including metadata, data-dictionaries and embedded definitions?  If yes, please indicate where complete dataset can be obtained.   Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(5) Custodian of Source Data (and Indicator, if different): Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators (urls listed in item 4, above).

(6) CBPO Contact: Nita Sylvester (sylvester.nita@epa.gov)

B.  Communication Questions

(complete either part 1, 2, or 3)
1.  Restoration and Protection Efforts indicators only
(7a) How much has been completed since 1985 (or baseline year)?  How much has been completed since 2000? N/A – data for all component indicators has only been collected for six years (2004: 58.8%; 2005: 63.3%; 2006: 69.1%; 2007: 71.6%; 2008: 74.3%; 2009: 76.7%).
(8a) How much was done last year? Index score increased from 74.3% to 76.7%, 2008-2009. 
 (9a) What is the current status in relation to a goal? Progress was made toward protecting the region’s thousands of smaller watersheds during 2009, with a 2 percent gain toward the overall goal. Overall, the Bay Program partnership is 77 percent of the way toward its goals for protecting watersheds. 
(10a) What is the key story told by this indicator? Progress was made toward protecting the region’s thousands of smaller watersheds during 2009, with a 2 percent gain toward the overall goal. Overall, the Bay Program partnership is 77 percent of the way toward its goals for protecting watersheds.
(11a) Why is it important to report this information?  
A watershed is an area of land that drains to a particular river, lake, bay or other body of water. Within the Chesapeake Bay watershed there are tens of thousands of smaller watersheds that drain into local waterways, which all eventually flow into the Bay. Protecting the region’s watersheds is critical because what happens on land has a direct impact on the water. This effort is also important because the human population in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is increasing, bringing construction and suburban sprawl. This growth and development reduce natural areas such as forests and wetlands.
To protect watersheds, Chesapeake Bay Program partners continue to plant buffers of trees, bushes and other vegetation along waterways. Efforts also involve permanently preserving land from development throughout the watershed and preventing sprawl through the use of statewide smart growth programs. Management plans are developed to guide the protection and restoration of nature in watersheds of all sizes.
(12a) What detail and/or diagnostic indicators are related to this reporting level indicator? (Detail and diagnostic indicators can be spatially-specific, parameter-specific, temporally-specific information, etc.)
o Planting Forest Buffers
o Developing Watershed Management Plans
o Preserving Lands
2.  Bay Health or Watershed Health indicators only
(7b) What is the long-term trend?  (Since start of data collection) 

(8b) What is the short-term trend? (10-year trend)  
 
(9b) What is the current status in relation to a goal?  
(10b) What does this indicator tell us?
 (11b) Why is it important to report this information?  
(12b) What detail and/or diagnostic indicators are related to this reporting level indicator?
3.  Factors Impacting Bay and Watershed Health indicators only
(7c) What is the long-term trend?  (since start of data collection)
(8c) What is the short-term trend? (3 to 5 year trend)
(9c) What is the current status?
(10c) What is the key story told by this indicator?
(11c) Why is it important to report this information?
(12c) What detail and/or diagnostic indicators are related to this reporting level indicator?

C.  Temporal Considerations

(13) Data Collection Date(s): Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(14) Planned Update Frequency (e.g. - annual, bi-annual): Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.
 (a) Source Data: 
 (b) Indicator:  

(15) For annual reporting, month data is available for reporting: February

D.  Spatial Considerations

(16) Type of Geography of Source Data (point, line polygon, other): Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(17) Acceptable Level of Spatial Aggregation (e.g. - county, state, major basin, tributary basin, HUC): Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(18) Are there geographic areas with missing data?  If so, where? Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(19) The spatial extent of this indicator best described as:
(a) Chesapeake Bay (estuary)
(b) Chesapeake Bay Watershed
(c) Other (please describe): _______________________ 

Please submit any appropriate examples of how this information has been mapped or otherwise portrayed geographically in the past.

(20) Can appropriate diagnostic indicators be represented geographically? Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

E.  Data Analysis and Interpretation

(Please provide appropriate references and location of documentation if hard to find.)
 
(21) Is the conceptual model used to transform these measurements into an indicator widely accepted as a scientifically sound representation of the phenomenon it indicates?  (i.e., how well do the data represent the phenomenon?)  Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(22) What is the process by which the raw data is summarized for development and presentation of the indicator?   Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.
 
(23) Are any tools required to generate the indicator data (e.g. - Interpolator, watershed model) Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(24) Are the computations widely accepted as a scientifically sound? Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(25) Have appropriate statistical methods been used to generalize or portray data beyond the time or spatial locations where measurements were made (e.g., statistical survey inference, no generalization is possible)?  Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(26) Are there established reference points, thresholds or ranges of values for this indicator that unambiguously reflect the desired state of the environment? (health/stressors only) Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

F.  Data Quality

(Please provide appropriate references and location of documentation if hard to find.)
 
(27) Were the data collected according to an EPA-approved Quality Assurance Plan?  
If no, complete questions 28a – 28d:  Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(28a) Are the sampling design, monitoring plan and/or tracking system used to collect the data over time and space based on sound scientific principles?

(28b) What documentation clearly and completely describes the underlying sampling and analytical procedures used?  
 
(28c) Are the sampling and analytical procedures widely accepted as scientifically and technically valid?

(28d) To what extent are the procedures for quality assurance and quality control of the data documented and accessible?

(29) Are the descriptions of the study or survey design clear, complete and sufficient to enable the study or survey to be reproduced? Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(30) Were the sampling and analysis methods performed consistently throughout the data record? Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(31) If datasets from two or more agencies are merged, are their sampling designs and methods comparable? Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(32) Are uncertainty measurements or estimates available for the indicator and/or the underlying data set? Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(33) (Do the uncertainty and variability impact the conclusions that can be inferred from the data and the utility of the indicator?  Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

(34) Are there noteworthy limitations or gaps in the data record?  Please explain. Refer to the data and methods for the component indicators.

G.  Additional Information

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