We have worked on many projects over the past seventeen-plus years, and it is not easy to choose which ones to feature here. These projects are examples of our more recent work and illustrate the range of capabilities that we offer.
From the Mountains to the Sea
From the Mountains to the Sea tells the inside story of how a historic and unlikely alliance of people worked for nearly two decades to revitalize the Penobscot River ecosystem by removing two dams and creating an innovative river-like bypass around a third dam. The project opened up 2,000 miles of rivers and streams to sea-run fish such as salmon and shad, while maintaining hydropower production and increasing recreational opportunities on the river. Ultimately, this daunting undertaking has become a global model for large-scale ecosystem restoration.
Peter Taylor and Kara Douglas of Waterview Consulting researched, wrote, and edited the 144-page book, drawing on interviews with more than fifty people to detail the challenges, compromises, and key turning points of a monumental effort to balance political, social, environmental, and economic values.
California Marine Species Portal
Recently added to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website, the California Marine Species Portal is a centralized source of information on fish and invertebrates that inhabit the state’s coastal and ocean waters. For select species, the Portal offers interactive versions of Enhanced Status Reports (ESRs), which are a key component of California’s fisheries management system but previously were available only as PDFs. Collaborating with the Department and a team of public engagement facilitators, Waterview Consulting designed and built the Portal prototype with a focus on providing an engaging and successful user experience (UX) for a broad audience ranging from beachgoers to fisheries scientists. After the Portal was released in July 2020, the Department hosted an online event to introduce it to the public.
Peconic Estuary Conservation and Management Plan
The Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP) Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) 2020 is a strategic framework for protecting and restoring the Peconic Estuary of eastern Long Island, New York. PEP is a National Estuary Program funded by EPA and the state of New York. Government and non-government partners of PEP developed the CCMP by consensus over a two-year period with public input from hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations. Waterview Consulting supported the planning process by participating in meetings and listening sessions, working with PEP’s staff to craft the plan’s structure, and writing and editing iterations of the 88-page CCMP document and a 14-page public summary.
Northeast Ocean Data Portal
Managed by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, the Northeast Ocean Data Portal is a decision support tool providing user-friendly access to maps, data, tools, and information on the ocean ecosystem, economy, and culture from Long Island Sound to the Gulf of Maine. Government agencies, industry, non-government organizations, academic entities, and individuals use the Portal for aquaculture siting, maritime safety, offshore energy development, fishery management, habitat conservation, regional ocean planning, and other applications. Waterview Consulting has worked on design, content, and communications for the Portal since 2011, helping it to evolve into a leading source of ocean information.
The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program brought together more than 50 practitioners from universities, organizations, and agencies in a bi-state effort by Massachusetts and Rhode Island to collaborate on the State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed report. The report evaluates the status and trends in 24 indicators of ecosystem stressors and conditions. Waterview Consulting edited the 500-page technical report, the 28-page summary report, and the four-page overview with a focus on reader-friendliness, consistency, and accuracy.
Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares
The Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares (MECS) project was a multi-year demonstration project to analyze and report objectively on the ecological, economic, social, and governance effects of new fishery management programs of the U.S. Northeast and West Coast. Waterview Consulting collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of experts to deliver the findings to decision makers and stakeholders through a website that offered unbiased analysis and unprecedented tools for exploring and interacting with fisheries data. A peer-reviewed paper about MECS (“Using online data visualization and analysis to facilitate public involvement in management of catch share programs“) co-authored by Waterview Consulting’s Peter Taylor was published in the December 2020 issue of Marine Policy.
Make Way for Marshes
Guidance on Using Models of Tidal Marsh Migration to Support Community Resilience to Sea Level Rise
Developed collaboratively with expert practitioners, this 60-page book brings together key information about how to use models effectively in management and policy efforts to sustain tidal marshes in the face of sea level rise. Through a knowledge co-production process that included interviews and meetings with tidal marsh scientists, modelers, and managers, Waterview Consulting produced this reader-friendly informational resource with visually engaging graphics to communicate the latest science-based guidance.
Northeast Coastal Acidification Network
The Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) is a partnership of scientists, federal and state resource managers, and marine industry partners that guides research, monitoring, and outreach on ocean acidification from Long Island Sound to the Scotian Shelf. NECAN’s website serves as an important source of information about this quickly evolving area of science, policy, and management. Waterview Consulting designed the website, wrote and edited content, created graphics, and built a customized, easy-to-use reference library.
Guide to the Science of Marine Protected Areas in The Bahamas
Waterview Consulting wrote this 16-page booklet for the American Museum of Natural History drawing on an interdisciplinary research program funded by the National Science Foundation. We integrated and translated the scientific findings from ecological, oceanographic, and socioeconomic studies to communicate how marine protected areas (MPAs) can be used to conserve shallow coral reef ecosystems in The Bahamas.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Assessment
Working with a steering committee from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), Waterview Consulting produced the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Assessment to support regional ocean planning from New York to Virginia. The ROA provides an engaging and reader-friendly distillation of key information on selected topics in ocean planning for decision-makers, stakeholders, and the broader public. Waterview Consulting synthesized and summarized the best available information, created graphics, and built the ROA website.