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Environmental Health and Toxicology Links

ATSDR: Substance Index for ToxFAQs The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) creates toxicological profiles on contaminants found at hazardous waste sites. Each profile has a summary page and answers to frequently asked questions.

U.S. National Library of Medicine: NLM Toxicology Tutorials The Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program of the National Library of Medicine(NLM) created these tutorials to provide users of NLM's toxicology databases with a working knowledge of basic toxicology principles. The tutorials are written at the introductory college student level.

Metals in Health and Disease A group of students from the College of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland produced this site to describe the historical role of metals in medicine.

MedlinePlus: Environmental Health Medline Health Information is a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. This site offers a database on health topics, drug information, and other resources, including many links to information about toxic metals and environmental health.

Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) EHP is an academic journal that contains articles regarding every aspect of environmental health.

Centers for Disease Control: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Often called “the voice of CDC,” the MMWR series is the agency's primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations.

National Park Service: Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia The purpose of this site, created in 1998, was to summarize environmental toxicology information related to fish, wildlife, invertebrates, and other non-human living resources.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Environmental Health and Safety Online This site provides links to technical information toxic substances, metals, and other occupational hazards.

ExTOXNET FAQs This site is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about exposure to toxicants in our environment. Extension toxicologists from the University of California at Davis, Cornell University, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Michigan State University collaborated in this effort to address issues raised by the public.

Center for Air Toxic Metals (CATM) at the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) The CATM at the University of North Dakota is one of ten centers established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992. The initial purpose of the CATM was to research trace element emissions in order to assist with the development of effective regulations for the Clean Air Act.

U.S. EPA: Children's Health Protection This site contains EPA links to information about potential environmental hazards for children.

Superfund Links

U.S. EPA: Superfund Quickfinder This is the EPA's Superfund page, which provides links to every superfund site in the nation and contains all kinds of information about cleaning up the Nation's hazardous wastes sites.

Eco-USA This site is maintained by a chemist from Indiana who previously worked for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. It began in 2000 as a repository for information about Indiana's superfund sites and the contaminants found within them. The site gradually expanded to cover neighboring states, environmental organizations, and images of various plants and animals.

Water Quality Links

How's My Waterway? Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US... quickly and in plain language. See if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. The source of this information is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database of State water quality monitoring reports provided under the Clean Water Act.

National Water Program This site is designed for scientists, instructors, and extension educators to learn about successful water quality improvement programs across the nation by linking to Regional Water Coordination Programs or browsing through content of the national topical themes, accomplishments, and success stories.

U.S. EPA: Standards & Risk Management This site provides links to drinking water regulations on contaminants that are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. It also has links to health advisories and scientific support information, including risk assessments.

University of Nebraska: Water Information You Can Use The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has compiled a database for students, researchers, and farmers. The site contains information about watersheds, crop irrigation, drinking water, and references to other web information, journals, and federal laws.

Northern Plains & Mountains Regional Water Program The Northern Plains and Mountain (NPM) Region includes Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and Native American country located within these states. The NPM Regional Water Team works to integrate research, education, and extension programs to address high priority water issues and strives to establish a collaborative, structured process which develops and shares new and existing water resource practices and management techniques throughout the region and nationally. This is the result of a partnership between NIFA USDA and Land Grant Colleges and Universities.

Environmental Education Links

U.S. EPA: Learn About Environmental Health Risks This site is a comprehensive guide for middle and high school students on everything from facts on human health, conservation, and recycling, to environmental news updates, internships, and science activities.

EPA's Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans This site is designed for teachers; it contains an array of lesson plans, activities and ideas.

United States Geological Survey: Water Science for Schools This site offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, and maps. The format is interactive and allows you to give opinions and test your water knowledge.

NIEHS: Environmental Health Science Education The Environmental Health Science Education website provides educators, students and scientists with easy access to reliable tools, resources and classroom materials.

NIH's Environmental Health Student Portal The purpose of this site is to connect middle school students to environmental health information.

Community Tools

NIEHS: Partnerships for Environmental Public Health The PEPH program brings focus and coordination to NIEHS extramural environmental public health activities. It facilitates interactions among NIEHS program staff and promotes greater connections among grantees. PEPH is a network that brings together scientists, community members, educators, health care providers, public health officials, and policy makers in the shared goal of advancing the impact of environmental public health research at local, regional, and national levels.

Water on the Move: Interactive Learning Center The New England Regional Water Program created this site as part of the 2007 Healthy Home Initiative, based upon work supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the USDA. The site describe the water cycle and how it affects private wells.

Community Toolbox: Bringing Solutions to Light The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.

NACCHO Toolbox A free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community. The tools are materials and resources public health professionals and other external stakeholders can use to inform and improve their work in the promotion and advancement of public health objectives.

CDC: Tols for Community Action The Guide to Community Preventive ServicesExternal Web Site Icon is a credible resource for evidence-based recommendations and findings on interventions and policies that improve health and prevent disease in communities.

HealthY People 2020: Leading Environmental Quality Indicators The Leading Health Indicators are composed of 26 indicators organized under 12 topics. Environmental Quality is one of the 12 topics.

EPA: EJ View EJView, formerly known as the Environmental Justice Geographic Assessment Tool, is a mapping tool that allows users to create maps and generate detailed reports based on the geographic areas and data sets they choose.

EPA: Community Action for Environmental Public Health This EPA site contains information for community leaders and members to find environmental health information about their community. It also points users to information that will assist them in obtaining resources to improve their local environmental conditions.

EPA: Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool The EPA is creating the Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool, C-FERST, to serve as a one-stop-shop community mapping and assessment tool.

USDA: Food Environment Atlas The objectives of the Atlas are to assemble statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality, and to provide a spatial overview of a community's ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.

National Park Service: Community Toolbox Index The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (RTCA) empowers communities nationwide to protect their special places. The RTCA created this site to provide RTCA staff provide technical assistance to communities so they can conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways.