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The Exchange Network: A Tool for Better Environmental Management. Michael N. Beaulac State Assistant Administrator Department of Environmental Quality State of Michigan. Doreen Sterling, Director Information Exchange & Services Division Office of Environmental Information

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the exchange network a tool for better environmental management

The Exchange Network:A Tool for Better Environmental Management

Michael N. Beaulac

State Assistant Administrator

Department of Environmental Quality

State of Michigan

Doreen Sterling, Director

Information Exchange & Services Division

Office of Environmental Information

US Environmental Protection Agency

exchange network vision
Exchange Network Vision

“The Exchange Network is a partnership to support better environmental decisions through improved access to, and exchange of, improved environmental information.”

what is the exchange network
What is the Exchange Network?

An Internet and Standards-based method for

securely exchanging environmental information between partners

why the exchange network
Why the Exchange Network?
  • A better method for data exchange among states, tribes, & US EPA
  • Efficient business processes to reduce operational costs
  • Better environmental decisions through improved data quality and access
how can the exchange network help tribes
How Can the Exchange Network Help Tribes?
  • Access to environmental and health concern information
    • Example: Methamphetamines
  • Provide evidence to Congress to obtain funds to address environmental issues
    • Example: Solid, hazardous wastes, clean water
  • Share information with other agencies
    • Example: Open dump information to EPA and the Indian Health Service
  • Comply with federal regulations
    • Example: Air Quality System (AQS) data
en grants current status
EN Grants: Current Status
  • Seventh year of Grant Program
  • FY 2007 awards completed September 2007
  • $3.0M awarded
    • 16 tribes received grants
    • 3 new tribes
  • FY 2008 awards currently being processed
    • $13.7 million selected for award (all applicants)
    • $2.2 million selected for award (tribal applicants)
  • FY 2009 Solicitation Notice should be posted in 9/2008 with applications due by 11/2008
    • Stakeholder conference call to solicit comments will be held in July or early August
tribal exchange network participation
Tribal Exchange Network Participation
  • To date: 92 Tribal Grants (through 2007) have been awarded ($13.3M Total)
  • ~ 53 tribes involved
  • ~ 28 tribes intend to use the Network to exchange information
  • Seven tribes have established nodes (data exchange hardware/software)
  • Several tribes are close to having working nodes
tribal participation in governance
Tribal Participation in Governance
  • Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC)
    • Robert Holden, Director, Emergency Management and Radioactive Waste Programs, NCAI
  • Network Operations Board (NOB)
    • Laura Mayo, Yurok Tribe
  • Network Partnership & Resources Group (NPRG)
    • TBD
  • Network Technical Group (NTG)
    • Tony Hartrich, Quinault Tribe
air quality system aqs
Air Quality System - AQS
  • Handles a wider set of air quality data
  • Will accommodate near real- time exchange of minute-by-minute particulate and ozone (AirNow) data
  • Flexible: allows exchanges with partners other than EPA (i.e. Tribe-to-Tribe)
  • Data “Publishing” to allow for public access
water quality exchange
Water Quality Exchange

Live in Production─2/26/07

  • New, easier framework for states, tribes, and others to exchange water quality monitoring data
    • Submit Physical, Chemical & Fish Tissue data
    • Capable of submitting Biological Data
  • WQX feeds directly to the publicly-accessible National STORET Data Warehouse

─ Yurok, Wind River, St. Regis Mohawk Tribes tested WQX

open dump inventory
Open Dump Inventory
  • Started by Cherokee Nation with other Tribes, EPA Regional, and HQ assistance
  • Expected to be the primary mechanism for the reporting of open dump information to EPA and the Indian Public Health Service
  • The Open Dump schema is soon to be ready for testing by Tribes before it is finalized
  • The Open Dump Data Flow is an eligible Grant Proposal activity
montana s methnet
Montana’s MethNet
  • Data Elements:
    • Location
    • Property Owner
    • Meth Cooking Method
    • Chemicals on Site
    • Impacts to Structures & Property
  • Benefits:
    • Improved communication & data access
    • Timely and accurate reporting
    • More informed public
    • Improved environmental protection
  • MethNet will connect:
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Environmental Quality
    • Department of Public Health & Human Services
homeland security emergency management
Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Key data sets like water supplies, hazardous materials, facilities, schools, storage tanks, hospitals, critical contacts, etc.
  • Linkages between/among tribes, states and federal government
  • First Responder and Emergency Operation Center for crisis management
  • 24/7 operations
resources and contacts
Resources and Contacts
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