Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with federal, state, and local partner organizations, Window to My Environment (WME) is a new website designed to improve access to useful community-based environmental information. EPA and the States are developing a comprehensive exchange network that will provide a wide range of shared data and information among EPA, States, Tribes, localities, the regulated community, and other data partners. WME represents a concerted effort to develop a "geographic portal" for integrating that environmental information by local geography to help answer common questions, examine critical problems, and discover potential solutions for environmental protection and human health issues.
Particular features of WME include:
- State-of-the-Art Interactive Mapping Tools: WME allows YOU to control the geography that you visit where you can map and view the location of regulated facilities, monitoring sites, waterbodies and watersheds, demographics with traditional geographic designations like streets, counties, schools, etc. Zoom, pan, and move all around the area and watch the information you receive dynamically shift before your eyes to reflect the new geography you have chosen. Then take a look at the 3-Dimensional view of local area land use patterns in your area.
- Data on "Ambient" Environmental Conditions: WME provides daily Ultra Violet (UV) Index reading and advice on health effects of exposures to sunlight, locations/reports from local air and water quality monitoring sites, land cover characteristics, and more.
- Access to Analytical and Reporting Tools: WME links to EPA's Envirofacts, TRI Explorer and Surf Your Watershed tools, as well as state tools like Pennsylvania's "E-Facts" and Delaware's "Environmental Navigator" provides you with the ability to generate custom reports on specific chemicals, facilities and trends in a selected area.
- Local Governmental Services and Contacts: WME links you to dozens of government and non-government organizations and contacts with information on local issues in your area.
Moving Toward The Future
WME was developed to encompass new technology, data, and information resources from EPA and other federal agencies, States, Tribes, and communities. WME will continue to strive to become more user-friendly, with greater geographic coverage, live streaming data from the partners, and with more breadth and depth of environmental data and information resources. Data standards, quality, and consistency methods are also being refined to support these efforts. In addition, WME will be enhanced to reach broader and more diverse audiences and will require the direct involvement of many data and information partners.
"Window to My Environment" is a service to help citizens locate, use, and share environmental information about a local area. EPA supports the public's right-to-know and hopes that WME will contribute to the public's understanding of environmental issues.
"Window to My Environment" links to external web sites that have met the following criteria when added:
The site provides information primarily about the environment.
The site is not primarily a commercial site or a fund-raising site.
The site is not concerned primarily with lobbying for a political agenda.
The information presented does not attack or disparage any individuals by name.
Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restrict access the next. The location and content of the sites may change as menus and homepages are reorganized. It may not be feasible for EPA to promptly remove a link to a site that no longer meets the criteria specified here. Links to non-EPA sites do not imply any official EPA endorsement. Furthermore, EPA does not accept any responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data, cookies, or products presented at those locations.
EPA does not guarantee the suitability of the information for any specific purpose. Links to non-EPA servers are provided solely as a pointer to information on topics related to environmental protection that may be useful. Information presented via WME databases does not constitute an official endorsement by EPA of any particular group's policies or positions on federal or state legislation. The following EPA World Wide Web disclaimers of liability and endorsement apply to all WME pages and information.
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