At the 2015 ECOS Fall Meeting, ERIS worked with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development to hold a Tools Café for states to learn about tools available for state use. Below is information on the tools that were featured at the event.
Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR)
ACToR is EPA’s portal to access the vast array of publicly available computational toxicity, exposure and other toxicity data on over 500,000 chemicals. Data and information available through ACToR can be used to prioritize the thousands of chemicals that need to be tested for potential endocrine-related activity and understand the use of chemicals and their presence in different types of consumer products.
Air Sensor Citizen Science Toolbox: A Collaboration in Community Air Monitoring and Mapping
EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox provides information and guidance on new low-cost compact technologies for measuring air quality. Since citizens are interested in learning more about local air quality where they live, work and play, EPA scientists created the Toolbox to provide citizens resources to effectively collect, analyze, interpret and communicate air quality data.
- Air Sensor Toolbox for Citizen Scientists Website
- Air Sensor Toolbox for Citizen Scientists Poster
- Citizen Science Opportunities for Monitoring Air Quality Factsheet
- Air Sensor Guidebook
- Evaluation of Field Deployed Low Cost PM Sensors
- Village Green Station – Measuring Air Quality from a Park Bench Factsheet
Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS)
CADDIS is a website that provides a step-by-step guide for identifying probable causes of biological impairment. It provides information on common stressors such as physical habitat, nutrients, metals, pH, toxics and temperature. Recent investigations using CADDIS include fish kills in the Susquehanna River and California watersheds affected by agriculture, forestry and urbanization.
C-LINE and C-PORT
C-LINE/C-PORT is a modeling and visualization system that can inform state and community users of local air quality due to mobile-sources in their region of interest. Using a simplified modeling approach, the tool accesses inputs, performs calculations, visualizes results, provides options to manipulate input variables and performs basic data analysis. The model is intended to be used by states, local government planners and community groups for non-regulatory needs. C-LINE is currently available as a beta-version and is expected to be made publicly available in October 2015. C-PORT is under development and is expected to be available for best testing in October 2015.
Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST)
C-FERST can be used as a community outreach tool to help learn more about environmental issues, gather information and develop options for possible solutions. Following the structured guides that are included in C-FERST, the information and maps you gather can be used to develop screening-level community environmental health assessments.
To access the draft version, email CFERSTMAIL@epa.gov for link, ID and password. Anticipated public release by March 2016.
Community Multi-scale Air Quality Model (CMAQ)
CMAQ provides the capability to simulate ozone, fine particulate matter, mercury and other toxic air pollutants at spatial scales ranging from urban to hemispheric at a 1-hour resolution for time scales ranging a few days to multiple decades. This modeling system provides air quality managers the tools to assess the impact of multiple air pollutants in a scientific and holistic manner. CMAQ is currently being applied by over 3,000 users from around the world, including many states and regional planning organizations. Public release of CMAQ version 5.1 is expected during the fall of 2015.
EnviroAtlas is an online decision support tool that states, communities and citizens can use to help inform policy and planning decisions that impact the places where people live, learn, work and play. EnviroAtlas also provides a valuable resource for education and research, combining maps, analysis tools, fact sheets and downloadable data into an easy-to-use, web-based resource.
- EnviroAtlas website
- EnviroAtlas Factsheet
- EnviroAtlas poster
- EnviroAtlas Organization
- EnviroAtlas Infographic
Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz)
GIWiz is an interactive web-based wizard that helps community decision makers navigate EPA’s green infrastructure (GI) and stormwater decision tools and resources. It offers intuitive and streamlined pathways to appropriate resources based on parameters such as user roles, cost criteria and decision objectives. GIWiz bridges the gap between the scientific knowledge contained within our GI tools and the institutional knowledge about where those tools are located and what they are for. Opportunity for states to participate in beta testing expected to begin October 2015.
Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and EPA Region 4 Green Infrastructure Project
HIA is a decision-making process that asks how proposed decisions may impact health and well-being. HIAs consider potential consequences of decisions; include input from the people impacted by those decisions; provide flexibility based on timelines and resources; consider different types of evidence; and present timely recommendations to decision makers. We will share how EPA engaged in a HIA of the Boone Boulevard Green Street Project in the Procter Creek communities of Atlanta.
- Poster – HIA: Linking Public Health to Community Decisions
- Poster – HIA: Six Steps to Factoring Health into Decision-Making
- Poster – Proctor Creek’s Boone Boulevard Green Street Project HIA
Incident Waste Decision Support Tool (I-Waste)
I-WASTE is an online decision support tool intended for decision makers at the state and local, tribal and federal level, as well as the private sector, to aid in managing wastes generated from a variety of incidents ranging from natural disasters to chemical, biological or radiological incidents to foreign animal disease outbreaks. I-WASTE has information related to potential treatment and disposal facilities, calculators for estimating the amount of waste that is generated from different types of incidents, and a library of relevant guidance documents from many sources.
National Stormwater Calculator with Climate Scenarios
The National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application designed to help support local, state and national stormwater management objectives using green infrastructure (GI) practices. It can inform site developers, landscapers and homeowners on how well they can meet a desired stormwater retention target. In January 2014, it was updated to include the ability to analyze different future climate change scenarios. Users can apply these different scenarios to determine how well GI increases the resiliency of stormwater management approaches to a changing climate.
- National Stormwater Calculator website
- National Stormwater Calculator Factsheet
- National Stormwater Calculator Demo Poster
Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST)
WMOST is an application designed to support implementation of integrated watershed management (IWM) in the most cost-effective manner. IWM includes stormwater, drinking water, wastewater and land conservation management practices. WMOST Version 1 focuses on management of base flow. Version 2 expected to be released September 2015 will include a flooding module to assess costs associated with peak flows. Version 3, expected to be released in the winter of 2015, will include a nutrients module.