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Posted by Dave Smith On 12/02/2010 09:20:00 PM 15 comments

Since joining EPA I've been engaged in a wide variety of projects and efforts - one which we are currently getting out the door is an upgraded mapper for EPA projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), otherwise known as Stimulus or the Recovery Act.

The major categories of projects receiving EPA funding via ARRA include Superfund Hazardous Waste Cleanup, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks, Clean Water State Revolving Fund (typically wastewater treatment), Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (potable water), National Clean Diesel Campaign, and Brownfields.

 The idea was to provide more granular data across the various programs where EPA has been getting ARRA funding to projects.

The mapper reports on a quarterly basis, in concert with the ARRA reporting requirements, and was built on the ESRI Flex API. As a quick overview, it shows statewide figures, as choropleth map, with summary tables:

Visitors can click on the menu to view awards by program category, or to view all awards, for example:

The pushpins indicating awards can then be selected, and info boxes will pop up with the details. In the example below, we asked the mapper to show "Chelsea, MA" and turned on Clean Diesel awards, and clicking on the map pin, we get the goods, two awards for Chelsea (note, spelling of "Collabrative" comes directly from the database):

This application should improve transparency, with the direct intent of showing tangible benefit to users in showing what's going on right at the community level. As for lessons learned, the technology was far less of a challenge than the learning curve of how government works, and navigating my way through various EPA offices and stakeholders and gaining their acceptance and participation. My many thanks to all those who helped out.

15 Response for the " EPA ARRA Mapper "

  1. Larry Thornton says:

    This mapper is pretty cool!! Clearly identifies where EPA has invested in Stimulus by project with lots of additional info.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Really impressive work

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  8. Hi Dave!

    Great blog!

    I'm currently an MBA candidate in Madrid, Spain at IE Business School. For our IT class my group and I are writing a blog focused on GIS and its multiple business applications. While we aren't as technically inclined as you are, we hope you might enjoy seeing what we've come up with so far!

    Thank you!


  9. A GIS (geographic information system) is a program designed to catch, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, & present every types of geographical information. The acronym geographic information system (GIS) is some time utilize for geospatial data and geographical information science consult the educational self-discipline or career of working with geographic information systems.
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  10. Does the GIS contain information about property distribution? I think it would be cool to have easy access to land records so it's easy to see where your land starts and ends. Right now, my neighbor and I are having a dispute over whose side of the property some trees are on. We'll probably have to have a land surveyor come out and check because we can't agree.
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  11. I didn't know that surveying entailed so much. I thought that it was the simple mapping of land and the mapping of property. They are a lot more important than I thought and it just shows that without them we might not have the mapping systems that we have now.

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  13. This is the information I am looking for. Hope you bring more things related to Digital Map. Thanks a lot!Great information.

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