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For the United Nations Sustainable Cities Initiative, Goal #14 is about life below water.

For Baltimore, the indicators identified by the University of Baltimore to date for this goal are as follows:

Baltimore Harbor Overall Water Health Score

An indicator of harbor water quality considering factors of fecal bacteria, chlorophyll, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, total nitrogen, and turbidity. A higher score indicates better harbor water quality.


Impervious Surface Ratio

A measurement of the portion of a lot that is covered by impenetrable materials, and it is an indicator of development intensity. The higher the impervious surface ratio, the greater the adverse human impact on the water cycle.


Cumulative Stream Restoration Number

The total number of streams that have been restored. The greater the restoration, the greater the water quality in Baltimore streams.



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Goal 14 Global Targets

14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.

14.2 By 2020 sustainably manage, and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience and take action for their restoration, to achieve healthy and productive oceans.

14.3 Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels.

14.4 By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics.

14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on best available scientific information.

14.8 Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries.

14.9 Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets.

14.10 Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want.

Learn more about this goal via the United Nations.

Last Published 2/24/17