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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

  • EPA Exchange Network http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork

  • Exchange Network http://www.exchangenetwork.net

  • Robert Holden: [email protected]

  • Laura Mayo: [email protected]

  • Tony Hartrich: [email protected]

  • Doreen Sterling: [email protected]

  • Michael Beaulac: [email protected]


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