What’s a Report Card?
Just like the report cards of our youth, the White River Report Card is an assessment and communication tool that helps us understand how the river, and its relationship with the communities along it, is doing. Through a stakeholder engagement process, we selected things to measure (we call these indicators) that reflect the diverse values, interests, and uses of the river. These indicators are grouped into three categories: water, land, and community. Each indicator was judged against a goal, resulting in a grade.
While this is the first report card for the White River, it is modeled on similar initiatives for waterways across the world, including the Mississippi River, Chesapeake Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico here in the United States.