Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Development of a recommended analytical framework for environmental report cards: An example from Rock Creek Park, Washington DC and its watershed
by Florkowski, Lisa Nicole, M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2009, 150; 1467704
Abstract (Summary)

Integrated environmental report cards help to focus management efforts and track the effectiveness of management initiatives over time. This study used NPS I&M Program data to compare alternative methods for the assessment of ecological status and trends for Rock Creek Park. The recommended analytical framework is a potential model for assessing other NPS units or protected areas.

The condition of Rock Creek Park is highly dependent upon the surrounding land. Synoptic nutrient sampling – nitrate, phosphate, dissolved oxygen, and salinity – was conducted throughout the Rock Creek watershed. The results were combined to create a water quality index. It was determined that the Urban Stream Syndrome, or the interaction of many anthropogenic forces, was causing decreased water quality throughout the watershed. The results of this study suggest that managers work across political boundaries within the watershed and work to decrease the connectedness of urban surfaces and Rock Creek.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dennison, William C.
Commitee: Carruthers, Tim JB, Carter, Shawn L., Lookingbill, Todd R.
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental science
Keywords: Environmental report card, Health assessment, Rock Creek Park, Water quality
Publication Number: 1467704
ISBN: 978-1-109-30318-6
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