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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, visitwww.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.

The Georgia Department of Public Health, Chemical Hazards Program, conducted several tracking activities with the assistance of ASTHO's Peer Fellowship Program. 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/index.asp.

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 above a reportable quantity and which have yet to show they meet state clean-up standards found in the Rules for Hazardous Site Response.
www.gaepd.org/Documents/hazsiteinv.html

Federal Superfund Sites 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Superfund Sites are the most contaminated sites in the state. Find links to each site with short summaries, background information, cleanup progress, and other information.
www.epa.gov/region4/waste/npl/index.htm#GA

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

Contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries and federal facilities.
www.epa.gov/tri

Scorecard
Environmental Defense Fund

Find out about the pollution problems in your community and learn who is responsible. See which geographic areas and companies have the worst pollution records. Identify 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 air monitoring program measures the amount of air pollutants in Georgia to calculate the region's air quality. Find links to different Georgia air pollutants and their measurements. Links include current ozone and carbon monoxide levels, particulate matter, and air quality index.
www.georgiaair.org/amp

National Air Toxics Assessment 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) data provide the results 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

National emission inventory 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

Data for common water quality parameters as measured in streams, rivers, and lakes across the state. The User Interface allows the user to enter search criteria by monitoring station number, water body name (stream name), geopolitical boundary (county, Water Plan Region), watershed boundary (Hydrological Unit Codes) and other parameters.
www.gaepd.org/Documents/EPDOnlineWaterQualityData.html

Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health
Georgia Coastal Resources Division

Program focuses on improving public health and environmental protection for beach goers and providing the public with information about the quality of their 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

The Nation's principal repository of water resources data. It includes data from more than 1.5 million sites, some in operation for more than 100 years. 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

Summarizes information regarding sources used (i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or aquifers) any detected contaminants, compliance and educational information.
http://safewater.tetratech-ffx.com/ccr/index.cfm

LEAD POISONING DATA

Georgia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a surveillance program that aims to plan and create lead poisoning prevention activities. Data links for children screened for lead (1998 - 2004) and housing built before 1950 by county. (Link temporarily unavailable.)

Childhood Lead Poisoning Data, Statistics, and Surveillance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The national surveillance system is composed of data from state and local health departments for children tested for lead. State databases contain follow-up data on children with elevated blood lead levels including data on medical treatment, environmental investigations, and potential sources of lead exposure. 
www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/data

RADON DATA

Radon Levels for Georgia
Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Information about radon and the affects from exposure and the levels of radon in each Georgia county.
www.ga-radon.info

CLIMATE DATA

Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network 
University of Georgia- College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Collects reliable weather and other environmental data for agriculture, environmental research, and other related applications.
http://gcmd.nasa.gov

State Climatology Office 
University of Georgia, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department

Information about historic and long-term weather data, current climate conditions around the state, and research into topics related to Georgia's weather and climate. 
www.climate.engr.uga.edu

Georgia Precipitation Data
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network

A grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their communities.
www.cocorahs.org

GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL DATA

State Data Sets and Databases
Georgia Institute of Technology, Library and Information Center

Comprehensive educational and research data for air, land and water science, and engineering including 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

Provides a reference list of nationally funded data systems that have a relationship to environmental public health. Highlights the major data systems with a national scope where public health and environmental data can be directly downloaded from the Internet.
www.cdc.gov/nceh/data.htm#enviro