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Links to Environmental Data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Currently, CDC funds 28 states and one city to conduct environmental public health tracking activities. Georgia is NOT a funded state and does not conduct tracking activities. To view the tracking network, visit www.cdc.gov/ephtracking.

In order to enhance the capacity of state public health agencies to conduct tracking related activities, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) offered the "Environmental Public Health Tracking: State-to-State Peer Fellowship Program.", and Georgia was selected to participate. For more information about ASTHO and the Fellowship Program, visit www.astho.org/programs/environmental-health/tracking-environmental-health-hazards.

For the Fellowship Program, ASTHO awarded Georgia funds during 2010 to:

  1. Assist non-funded state and territorial health agencies with gaining first-hand experience from their peers in states that are funded for tracking activities.
  2. Strengthen peer networks across state and territorial health agencies, and
  3. Explore ways to integrate environmental epidemiology/data collection activities of non-funded states into the National Tracking Network.

Below are links to environmental data that will provide the public with direct access to air, water, and soil data for tracking activities. In addition, public health outcome data can be found at the Division of Public Health's standardized health data repository, OASIS. The Online Analyses Statistical Information System (OASIS) can be accessed at http://oasis.state.ga.us/oasis.

GEORGIA HAZARDOUS WASTE SITES

State Hazardous Site Inventory

Georgia Environmental Protection Division
A list of sites in Georgia where there has been a known or suspected release of a regulated substance and which have yet to show they meet state clean-up standards:  www.epd.georgia.gov/hazardous-site-inventory

Federal Superfund Sites

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Links to each site with background information, cleanup progress: 
www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/cursites

Envirofacts
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Access to several databases providing information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States:  www.epa.gov/enviro

Toxics Release Inventory

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Information about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries and federal facilities:  www.epa.gov/tri

Scorecard
Environmental Defense Fund
Which geographic areas and companies have the worst pollution records and which racial/ethnic and income groups bear more than their share of environmental burdens:  www.scorecard.org

AIR DATA

Georgia Air Monitoring Program
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
The amount of air pollutants in Georgia is used to calculate the region’s air quality index. Find links to different Georgia air pollutants such as ozone and carbon monoxide levels, particulate matter:  www.georgiaair.org/amp

National Air Toxics Assessment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NATA data from the 2002 national-scale assessment of air toxics emissions, specific air toxics, the source of the emissions, and populations of the greatest risk:  www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/nata2002

National Emission Inventory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
For criteria and hazardous air pollutant data with input from numerous state and local air agencies. These data are used for air dispersion modeling, regional strategy development, regulation setting, air toxics risk assessment, and tracking trends in emissions over time:  www.epa.gov/ttn/chief

WATER DATA

Water Quality Database
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
User interface allows public to search water quality parameters as measured in streams, rivers, and lakes: www1.gadnr.org/dnr/wrdb/homePage.do

Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health
Georgia Coastal Resources Division
Information about the quality of beach water:  http://iaspub.epa.gov/waters10/beacon_state_page.main?p_state_fips=13

Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
An integrated information system for the nation's surface waters:  www.epa.gov/waters/data

National Water Information System
U.S. Geological Survey
National repository of data on the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, and movement of surface and underground waters:  http://water.usgs.gov/data

The Safe Drinking Water Information System
Local Municipalities
Sources of drinking water (i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or aquifers) detected contaminants, and compliance and educational information:  http://www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/sdwis/index.html

LEAD POISONING

Georgia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Georgia Division of Public Health
A surveillance program used to plan and create lead poisoning prevention activities. Data links for children screened for lead (1998-2004) and housing built before 1950 by county:  www.dph.georgia.gov/lead

RADON

Radon Levels for Georgia
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Radon, affects from exposure, and levels of radon in each Georgia county:  www.ga-radon.info

CLIMATE

Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network
University of Georgia - College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Weather and other data for agriculture, environmental research, and other applications:  http://gcmd.nasa.gov

Georgia Precipitation Data
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network
A grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds:  www.cocorahs.org

GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL DATA

State Data Sets and Databases
Georgia Institute of Technology, Library and Information Center
Educational and research data for air, land and water science, and engineering--environmental biotechnology, water quality and treatment, wastewater reclamation and reuse, hazardous and solid waste engineering, ground water modeling and treatment, air quality monitoring, pollution control and modeling, environmental sciences, and industrial ecology:  www.library.gatech.edu/research_help/subject/index.php?/environmental/databases

National Data Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Reference list of nationally funded data systems with a relationship to environmental public health that can be downloaded from the Internet:  www.cdc.gov/nceh/data.htm#enviro