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BEACON - Beach Advisory and Closing On-line Notification
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Includes water quality information and maps for coastal beaches in US states and territories.
Creek Watch App
By IBM Corporation. Creek Watch is an iPhone app that enables you to help monitor the health of your local watershed. Whenever you pass by a waterway, spend a few seconds using the Creek Watch application to snap a picture and report how much water and trash you see. Creek Watch aggregates the data and shares it with water control boards to help them track pollution and manage water resources.
Daily Streamflow Conditions Map of the United States
By US Geological Survey (USGS). Shows real-time streamflow conditions as measured at USGS gaging stations.
By US Geological Survey (USGS). The DOTABLES program generates tables of dissolved oxygen (DO) saturation values and (or) salinity correction factors over ranges of temperature, pressure, and specific conductance.
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Allows you to retrieve environmental information from EPA databases on Superfund sites, drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste and Biennial Reporting System data, water discharge permits, and grants information. Use online queries to retrieve data or generate maps of environmental information by choosing from several mapping applications available through EPA's Maps On Demand.
EPA Data Finder
By US Environmental Protection Agency. This site is a single place to find a vast selection of EPA data sources, organized into topics such as air and water that are in easily downloadable formats. Data Finder points to data in downloadable formats to speed up environmental research. For each data source, you can see a basic overview, including the geographic scale and other contextual information, then access the data source itself.
Eyes on the Bay
By Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Look at current water and habitat quality monitoring data in the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland bays and tributaries.
Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW)
By Michigan Sea Grant College Program. A comprehensive curriculum about the Great Lakes ecosystem. Lessons are geared toward educators who teach upper elementary and middle school students. Each lesson is aligned with national and state curriculum standards for science and social studies and features a hands-on classroom activity. Topics include Food Web, Water, and Fish.
HORIZON Solutions Site
By HORIZON Communications, UNEP, UNDP, UNPF, UNICEF, Harvard University, Yale University, and the IDRC of Canada. A source of case studies on proven or promising solutions drawn from all parts of the world and from both high and low technologies. Subjects include agriculture, biodiversity, desertification, forests, oceans, fisheries, land management, energy production and consumption, population, public health, toxic chemical and pollution control, transportation, waste management, and water quality and supply.
How's My Waterway
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US. See if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. The source of this information is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database of State water quality monitoring reports provided under the Clean Water Act.
By World Wildlife Fund. HydroSHEDS is a global hydrological database based on high-resolution elevation data obtained during a Space Shuttle flight for NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). HydroSHEDS stands for "Hydrological data and maps based on SHuttle Elevation Derivatives at multiple Scales."
Marine Debris Tracker
By NOAA and SEA-MDI. The Marine Debris Tracker mobile app allows you to help make a difference by checking in when you find trash on US coastlines and waterways. Available for iPhone and Android.
National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. Information describing fish consumption advisories in the United States.
National Water Information System (NWIS)
By US Geological Survey (USGS). Provides access to water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 US States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It includes information on the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, and movement of surface and underground waters.
National Wild and Scenic Rivers (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC
. Information on more than 150 rivers in the US.
Pesticides in Surface and Ground Water of the United States
By US Geological Survey, National Water Quality Assessment. Tables of the final results from the first cycle of NAWQA water-quality data collection during 1992-1996 include analyses of 76 pesticides and 7 selected pesticide degradation products in about 8,200 samples of ground water and surface water in 20 of the nation's major hydrologic basins.
Response and Restoration Photo Gallery
By National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Response and Restoration. Photographs taken by NOAA OR&R scientists, spill response experts, and colleagues.
Search the EPA Internet
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Search the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) web site.
Surf Your Watershed
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. Locate, use and share environmental information about your place, including your watershed
Transport Processes in the Environment
By Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Introduction to momentum and scalar transport in environmental flows, with emphasis given to river and lake systems. Derivation and solutions to the differential form of mass conservation equations. Topics include: molecular and turbulent diffusion, boundary layers, dissolution, phase partitioning, bed-water exchange, air-water exchange, settling and coagulation, buoyancy-driven flows, and stratification in lakes.
TRI Comparative Analysis Tool -- Water Data Sources
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. This TRI Comparative Analysis tool allows users to compare records from the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) with those from the Permit Compliance System (PCS) and the ICIS-National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES) data systems; ICIS-NPDES is a modernized data system containing NPDES data for more than one half of the states.
U.S. Drought Portal
By US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Provides early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts.
Water Quality Standards Database (WQSDB)
By US Environmental Protection Agency. The National Water Quality Standards Database (WQSDB) is designed to be a single point of access to EPA and state water quality standards (WQS) information. This website provides access to several WQS reports that provide information about designated uses, waterbody names, state numeric water quality criteria, and EPA recommended numeric water quality criteria. The WQSDB allows users the ability to compare WQS information across the Nation using standard reports. This is the final release (December 2007).
By Forester Media, Inc.. Waterprint is an iPhone app that calculates how much water is imbedded in your daily activities, including what you wear, eat and drink. It includes a Waterprint calculator that tells you how much water it takes to grow a banana, manufacture a T-shirt, or brush your teeth.
By North Carolina State University (NCSU) Water Quality Group. WATERSHEDSS (WATER, Soil, and Hydro- Environmental Decision Support System) was designed to help watershed managers and land treatment personnel identify their water quality problems and select appropriate best management practices.
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