- Is it safe for people to come into contact with bay water?
- Is it safe to eat seafood caught in local bays?
- Is water and sediment quality improving or degrading?
- Are fish and wildlife populations increasing or decreasing?
- Are habitats for fish and wildlife increasing or decreasing?
- Are freshwater inflows adequate to maintain a healthy bay system?
This 2020 report answers those same six questions. Answers to these questions are found through reviewing indicator data that addresses underlying conditions and points to trends. Using environmental indicators, we are able to tell if conditions are stable, improving or declining.
HOW TO READ THE INDICATOR BAR
Each indicator has a status and trend bar used to show at a glance whether the indicator data is showing a good (healthy) or poor state. If the dot is to the left of center, the indicator condition is generally poor. If it is to the right, it is generally good. If the dot is in the center, the data indicates a moderate condition. Arrows indicate the direction of any trends the data reveals (increasing or decreasing). If there is no arrow, this indicates a neutral trend or stable state. These graphics are based on CBBEP’s interpretation of the data.