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Education @ DNR - Environmental Data

DNR collects environmental data throughout Maryland, including the Chesapeake and coastal bays. A large portion of this data is available for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Bay Conditions - Eyes on the Bay

Contact: Bruce Michael
Phone: 410-260-8692
Email: bmichael@dnr.state.md.us
Description:
Access real-time Chesapeake and Coastal Bays water quality monitoring data using our interactive map. This is a great site for students to learn about how water quality affects fish, crabs, bay grass and other bay life. Download water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity and chlorophyll data for classroom exploration, interpretation and discussion.
Website: http://www.eyesonthebay.net

Bay Monitoring

Contact: Bruce Michael
Phone: 410-260-8627
Email: bmichael@dnr.state.md.us
Description:
The Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program measures key components of the ecosystem, including pollutant inputs, water quality, habitat and living resources. The information is vital for evaluating the progress of management actions aimed at restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, for our efforts to address emerging issues such as Pfiesteria, and to provide guidance for future actions. Monitoring data is also used for research and efforts to model the Bay ecosystem.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/bay/monitoring/

Maryland Biological Stream Survey

Contact: Dan Boward
Phone: 410-260-8605
Email: dboward@dnr.state.md.us
Description:
The Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) collects data on water chemistry, aquatic invertebrates (stream insects, clams, crayfish), fish, aquatic grasses, physical habitat, and amphibians and reptiles in streams across Maryland to help scientists determine the health of Maryland's streams. This data was collected from 1995 - 1997 and covers 17 major stream basins. Descriptions of the data files, the "Guide to Using 1995-1997 Maryland Biological Stream Survey Data", and the data files (in zipped form) are available from this site. The 1.1 MB data guide explains how to use the data.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/streams/MBSS.asp

Coastal and Estuarine Geology

Contact: Jeffrey Halka
Phone: 410-554-5543
Email: jhalka@mgs.md.gov
Description: The Coastal and Estuarine Geology Program of the DNR Maryland Geological Survey provides information on the geology of Maryland's coastal environments including the changing shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast and the replenishment of beach sand.
Website: 
http://www.mgs.md.gov/coastal/index.html

Coastal Bays Monitoring

Contact: Cathy Wazniak
Phone: 410-260-8638
Email: cwazniak@dnr.state.md.us
Description: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the lead agency in implementing the "Maryland Coastal Bays Environmental Monitoring Program." The goals of the environmental monitoring are to carry out technically sound assessments of the health of Maryland’s Coastal Bays, track our progress at restoring the bays, and identify necessary modifications to current and future management efforts.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/coastalbays/monitor/monitor.html

Geology and Earth Science of Maryland

Contact: James Reger
Phone: 410-554-5523
Email: jreger@dnr.state.md.us or go to Who to contact if you have a question about Maryland Geology and email the person pertinent to the topic of your question/inquiry.
Description: The DNR Maryland Geological Survey provides information on the geology and geohydrology of Maryland. Many free geologic fact sheets, pamphlets, images, and maps are available on the web on topics ranging from fossils and earthquakes to groundwater and coastlines.
Website: http://www.mgs.md.gov/

Real Time Water Data

Description: Maintained by the US Geological Survey, you can get real-time data on surface water, ground water, and water quality. Clickable maps allow you to find information on the river nearest you or downstream.
Website: http://md.usgs.gov/realtime/

IRC Database

Contact: Library
Phone: 410-260-8830
Email: Library@dnr.state.md.us
Description: Material in the IRC's main collection circulates to staff and volunteers of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The public is welcome to use these resources here in the IRC or to arrange to borrow materials with their local library through interlibrary loan. We are located in Annapolis at the Tawes State Office Building.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/irc/datasets.html

MERLIN Online

Contact: Ken Miller
Phone: 410-260-8751
Email: kenmiller@dnr.state.md.us
Description: MERLIN Online is an electronic atlas that allows a user to produce a custom map for any location in Maryland. The user can include their choice of base map and theme data layers. It also allows the user to query the system to obtain information about specific locations. An amazing educational tool!
Website: http://www.mdmerlin.net/

Maryland Rivers and Streams

Contact: Luke Roberson
Phone: 410-260-8610
Email: lroberson@dnr.state.md.us 
Description: This portion of the DNR web site contains a wealth of information on the flowing freshwater resources in Maryland, from the "stream in my backyard" to the mighty Potomac River. The site includes the Maryland Biological Stream Survey, Stream Waders, Stream Corridor Assessment, Long Term Monitoring and other monitoring projects, as well as publications available online, volunteer information, and a "Streams 101" section.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/streams/

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