WATER & WETLANDS
The Census of Agriculture comes out every five years and includes facts on farm products and irrigation.
Air Pollution http://www.epa.gov/airnow
The EPA site has air quality forecasts and indices.
Global Warming http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/index.html
Info on how much greenhouse gas we emit and what the EPA predicts the impact will be in the future.
Ozone Quality http://www.deq.state.va.us/ozone
The DEQ posts daily ozone levels for cities around Virginia.
Endangered Species List http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/endangersearch.cfm
Lets you search for endangered species anywhere in the U.S. by state or by common name.
Virginia Wildlife Information http://vafwis.org/perl/vafwis.pl/vafwis
The Virginia Fish & Wildlife Information Service has reports on species throughout the state. Range, diet and behavior are some of the topics covered for each animal.
Astronomical Events Calendar http://aa.usno.navy.mil/AA/data
Find times for sunrises, sunsets, moonrises, moon phases, eclipses, etc. with the Navy’s astronomy site.
Sky Happenings http://www.smv.org/ethyl/resources.html
The Science Museum of Virginia lists celestial events for the current month.
Calculators Collection http://www-sci.lib.uci.edu/HSG/RefCalculators.html
Martindale has calculators for topics as diverse as physics, knitting, poker, and numerology.
Conversion Calculator http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/chemistry/general/units_en.html
Instantly converts Celsius into Fahrenheit and vice versa.
Experts Directory http://sunsite.unc.edu/slanews/internet/experts.html
Experts in practically every imaginable field are listed on Web sites linked to this page.
Forest Health Database http://fia.fs.fed.us/dbrs_setup.htm
Info about the health of forests derived through ozone damage, and lichen abundance.
VA Dept of Forestry http://www.vdof.org
Info on logging, wildfires and state forests.
The Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/epahome/topics.html
The EPA has links to databases about air pollution, water pollution and hazardous waste.
Tank Leaks ; http://www.deq.state.va.us/tanks/dwnllib.html
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has an online inventory of these leaks. Check at the bottom of their page under "Petroleum Database Files for Downloading."
Polluters’ Names http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/multisystem_query_java.html
The EPA’s Envirofacts search engine trawls multiple environmental databases for facilities that have had toxic chemical releases. There’s also info on water discharge permit compliance, hazardous waste, and air emissions. Searchable by zip code, too.
Pollution Info by Industry http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assistance/sectors/notebooks/index.html#industry
The EPA’s collection of Sector Notebooks have inspection information for about two dozen sectors and the names of the most serious offenders. It also lists contacts in each industry.
Radon Map http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/zonemap.html
Shows radon levels around the U.S. by county.
ToxFAQs provide info about common contaminants - where they are found, how they affect humans and how to test for them.
Toxins Database; http://www.epa.gov/sfipmtn1
The Sector Facility Indexing Report lets you search for hazardous materials spills and toxic releases info by company name.
Toxins Database http://www.rtknet.org/rtkdata.html
The Right to Know Network has databases about toxic spills, hazardous waste permit holders, civil cases filed by the EPA, and more. It’s searchable by town or zip code. The organizations that created it, OMB Watch and the Center for Public Data Access, are non-profits supported by government funding.
Wondering what the bleach you just swallowed will do to you? Curious to know whether flouride can kill you? Check out the EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).
Sprawl Links http://www.planetizen.com/sites
Planetizen has lists of organizations and research info.
Sprawl Links http://www.cyburbia.org/directory
Cyurbia is a planner’s site with a great list of places to go for sprawl info.
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-02.html
Uncle Sam collects statistics on everything from adult education to zinc prices and publishes most of them in this book. It's available online here, but you may find it easier to use the print copy in the library."
This site has data on such diverse subjects as pollution in U.S. counties, global warming, forest coverage of the United States, Superfund, and endangered species.
WATER & WETLANDS
Rappahannock River Basin Commission http://www.rappriverbasin.state.va.us
Current stats reported by the Friends of the Rappahannock.
River Streamflow http://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/current/?type=flow
Real-time stats from the U.S. Geological Survey.
River Statistics http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm
The “Surf Your Watershed” site has facts on streamflow, amount of water withdrawn (in 1990), and water health.
Water Quality Data http://water.usgs.gov
The U.S. Geological Survey tracks facts on water in the U.S.
Wetlands Introduction http://www.wes.army.mil/el/wetlands/pdfs/wetbroc.pdf
This Army Corps of Engineers brochure explains wetlands in simple terms.
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