Thursday, March 24, 2011

State Dashboards To Review Clean Water Act Data and Actions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released updated data and a mapping tool to compare water quality trends over the last 2 years. The web-based, interactive map includes “state dashboards” that provide detailed information for each state, including information on facilities that are violating the Clean Water Act and the actions states are taking to enforce the law and protect people’s health.

The state dashboards incorporate data for both large and small sources of water pollution, and information from EPA’s 2009 Annual Noncompliance Report. Users can review and compare information on the inspections conducted by both EPA and the state agencies, violations and enforcement actions in their communities over the past two years and the penalties levied in response to violations. EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Online (ECHO) database provides fast, integrated searches of EPA and state data for more than 800,000 regulated facilities, including information on inspections, violations and enforcement actions.

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