Ground Water Data Mapping Website Completes MPCA Data Access Project
By Brian Timerson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Work on the final phase of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Environmental Data Access (EDA) project — making ground water data available — was wrapped up in January 2008. Visitors to the agency’s website can now use mapping applications to access surface water, air quality and ground water data geographically.
Find the EDA application at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/data/eda/index.cfm
The new ground water portion of the EDA application allows users to:
- access and download the agency’s most recent analytical data from well testing;
- locate wells that are in the Health Department’s County Well Index; and,
- use a ground water "catalog" to determine who to call to find information and data not currently accessible through EDA.
Searches can be done by station ID, address, zipcode, city or township name, county name or legislative district. Ground water station symbols are coded to show which stations have online data available.
Work on the EDA system started in 2001, when the Minnesota Legislature provided funding to address deficiencies in the availability of the state’s surface water quality data. That initial phase of the EDA system went online in July of 2003. The air quality portion of the system was completed in 2006.
With all three phases of EDA complete, MPCA staff will begin considering improvements to make the application more valuable to users.
For additional details about the system or to provide feedback, contact Brian Timerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-7898.