Find the Hidden Message
By any measure, the best blogs are multidimensional. Usually, given time and wit, I try and add a little depth to this blog. You may notice that . . . or you may not. Examples run the gamut from obvious to arcane. Not many folks missed the connection with Irving Berlin when Annie Oakley suddenly popped up at the end of “Anything I Can Do, I Can Do Better.” Even fewer failed to spot the sprinkling of French expressions in the tour de force, "How Freeing Paris Saved Money.” Rarely do things go as badly, however, as when a majority of folks, at least in my office, had no idea what Dunder Mifflin was on America Recycles Day.
Given the difficulty of understanding all that may be going on in a 400 word blog entry, it's understandable that it can be even harder to grasp the substance in EPA's ten-page Quarterly Management Report. You may need to be an EPA geek to really ‘get' all of what we are measuring. “Superfund Site Completions” and “TMDL Approvals” are not necessarily phrases you'll hear while waiting in line at Starbucks. To be sure, the quarterly measures are important, but they are indirect, not direct, measures of environmental quality.
A lack of context in the report makes the measures less accessible to the average citizen. Regular folks may need assistance understanding what the measures mean and how they relate to protecting health and the environment.
Let me introduce EPA's latest and best Quarterly Management Report. In addition to simplifying some of the data boxes, once inside the report, just roll your cursor over a measure, left click, and a supplemental guide appears with background information and explanations.
Greater accessibility to what our quarterly report means will allow more people to study what we're doing. However, what is more important than just reporting this information is learning from it. Take a look, if you want to see how we're doing, and let us know what you think.Stumped by the hidden message?