How do I learn about environmental conditions in my community?
Window To My Environment helps you make a map of your community with links to data and information about air quality, water quality, drinking water safety, and toxic releases in your area. It combines interactive maps with links to federal, state and local environmental resources to answer questions about what is being done to protect the environment in your community.
Now you can prevent pollution in lots of environmentally and economically beneficial ways. Extracting and using raw materials creates pollution and uses energy. By changing the way you use products and resources you can prevent pollution and save money. Preventing pollution provides cleaner air and water, less waste in landfills, conservation of natural resources, reduced soil erosion, lower electricity and water bills, and increased property values.
- Reduce your "environmental footprint" at home and in your community through these pollution prevention activities
Citizens in every community - including schools, businesses, and local governments - must work together to reduce and better manage our waste.
- The What You Can Do Web site provides resources that explain solid and hazardous waste issues at the local level, and help you improve your community environment.
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EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) provides daily air quality reports. The AQI tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.
- Learn more about your air quality at the AIRNow Web site.
- Hoja de datos sobre el índice de calidad aéreo
EPA's Toxics Release Inventory contains information on releases of nearly 650 chemicals and chemical substances from facilities including manufacturing, metal and coal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste treatment, among others.
- Use the TRI Explorer to make your own report on the sources of toxics releases in your community, county or state.
- Learn more about toxic releases in your community
Communities work to develop and implement sustainable water management programs to meet the present and future water needs of residents and businesses. By promoting water-efficient practices and services through incentive programs and educating residents and businesses about water efficiency, you can help protect water resources for future generations.
There are lots of ways that you can help keep your local water supply safe. You can help to protect the watershed that surrounds it.
Find out whether your favorite beach water quality is being monitored, who is responsible for the monitoring, the pollutants that are being monitored, and whether advisories or closures have been issued.
If you’re one of 12 million boat owners in the United States, you can find ways to reduce hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides emissions from your engine.
Discover what you can do to make a difference in your watershed, and learn more about nearby estuaries, lakes, streams, and rivers. Learn what you can do to protect our oceans and coasts.
- A watershed approach
- Fifteen Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in Your Watershed
- Protect our oceans and coasts
The Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program offers grants to fund collaborative partnerships of local residents, governments and businesses that reduce toxic pollutants in their local environments and minimize people's exposure to those pollutants.
The CARE Resource Guide will help you navigate EPA's Web site to find information that can help you improve the environment in your community.