Databases for Environmental Information
about Your Community
Benefits of knowing what’s happening in your community
Hazardous materials used or
disposed of in your community improperly can affect:
Community involvement in
environmental matters assures that the interests of community members are
effectively and fairly represented. Awareness of community
environmental issues increases the likelihood that residents will seek out
and participate in opportunities for community input when decisions are
made about important issues such as where to allow significant hazardous
material use and how contaminated sites may get cleaned up and
The following is a list of
just some of the databases for environmental information available on the
internet that are free and open to the general public.
All external hyperlinks are provided for your information
and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health
Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the
information provided on externally linked pages.
||TRI Explorer- http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer/
provides information on toxic chemical releases and other waste
management activities reported annually by certain covered industry
groups as well as federal facilities. This inventory was
established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know
Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and expanded by the Pollution Prevention Act of
1990. Data can be obtained in map and tabular formats and
allows multiple sorting capabilities. It is operated by the US
Environmental Protection Agency.
provides map-based information including a wealth of environmental
and geographic detail, including air releases, drinking water, toxic
releases, hazardous wastes, water discharge permits, and Superfund
sites. It is operated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
provides information similar to Enviromapper, but also links to
environmental quality data specific to your location. It also
includes the Environmental Justice Geographic Assessment Tool that
provides a geographic perspective on facility location based on area
demographics. It helps evaluate whether a community or segment of a
community shares an unfair burden of environmental contamination.
Both databases are also operated by the US Environmental Protection
||Contaminated Lands Environmental Action Network
The Contaminated Lands Environmental Action Network (CLEAN)
is an inter-linked system of information about contaminated land in Wisconsin, including the investigation, cleanup and eventual re-use of those
lands. This system is operated by the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). CLEAN offers two ways to view the information, an
on-line database (BRRTS on the Web) and a web-based map (GIS
Registry) . Using either system, you
can find information about cleanups that are underway and completed.
You can also find information about DNR grants and loans, liability
incentives and environmental land use controls that have been
utilized at these sites.
||Web View- http://dnrmaps.wisconsin.gov
provides interactive map-based data with multiple layers of
information including digital aerial and topographic maps, land
description, recreation, transportation, water, ecologic, land cover
and elevation data. This site is operated by the the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources.
||Solid and Hazardous Waste Information System (SHWIMS)
on the Web-
This site is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources (DNR). SHWIMS on the Web (SOTW) provides access to
information on sites, and facilities operating at sites, that are
regulated by the Wisconsin DNR Waste Management program.
Activities that occur at facilities include landfill operation,
waste transportation, hazardous waste generation, wood burning,
waste processing, sharps collection and many more.
Right-To-Know Network- http://www.rtknet.org/
is provided by OMB Watch, and provides free access to numerous
environmental databases. With the information available on RTK NET,
you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects,
and assess the people and communities affected.
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May 20, 2013