This October marks the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA). With the original goal of eliminating point-source pollution within ten years, the CWA articulated nationwide water quality standards to protect both public health and wildlife habitats. Fifty years later, and over seventy years after the onset of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), federal loopholes and the structure of the CWA itself have left fracking largely unregulated.
This month at the Science Writers 2022 Conference, EDGI members Kelsey Breseman and Eric Nost will host the virtual workshop ‘What’s in the Water? Stories in Federal Environmental Data’, demonstrating how science writers can utilize an open-source data science tool to discover stories and develop insights from the EPA’s records on Clean Water Act (CWA) pollution permits.
Webmaps that are meant to evaluate and “screen” neighborhoods for environmental injustices have seen a lot of interest in both the United States and Canada lately. From informing where to distribute climate funding in the US as “Justice 40” to Canada’s Bill C-226, the pursuit of environmental equity has led to a strongly felt need for data and mapping tools that overlay environmental health with racial and income disparities.
nationwide strategy to research and redress the disproportionate harms that Indigneous, racialized, and other socio-economically marginalized communities face from industrial pollution.
Image from Unsplash. By Kelsey Breseman The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe is bringing […]
Image shows the beta version of the federal Climate and Economic Justice […]
The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative’s analysis of the most recent EPA […]
In this post, we introduce EEW’s new open-source Jupyter Notebook for analyzing greenhouse gasses (GHGs) by the entities that either supply or emit them. This tool contributes to a reframing of accountability for climate change in terms of fossil fuel capitalism.
EDGI’s Environmental Enforcement Watch’s catalog of open federal environmental datasets. View the […]
EDGI’s Environmental Enforcement Watch’s new landing page for their open source environmental […]