State compacts pollution data online
- By Brian Robinson
- Jan 03, 2002
Faced with duplication in its efforts to provide information to businesses
on pollution prevention and environmental compliance, Wisconsin has assembled
the output of several different agencies into a single Web portal.
The Wisconsin Pollution Prevention Partnership (WIP2) is a collaboration
among the state's Department of Commerce, its Department of Natural Resources
(DNR) and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the public outreach arm
of the university.
The Web site (wip2.uwex.edu) lists news, services,
publications, staff contacts, compliance information and events in Wisconsin's
pollution prevention programs.
"We normally have a number of agencies that deal with these [pollution
and environmental] issues, but we found that businesses were stumbling between
them in trying to get to what they wanted," said Lynn Persson, a business-sector
specialist in the DNR's Bureau of Cooperative Environmental Assistance.
The Web portal combines various pieces of information that have to be
constantly updated, and officials hope eventually to add a feature that
will enable users to make online queries of the departments' databases.
Only one of the agencies currently has a data-driven query capability, Persson
Officials also expect that the Web site will expand to include relevant
information from other agencies. For example, WIP2 is negotiating with the
state's Department of Agriculture to include information about pesticide
management regulations and other issues, Persson said.
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He can be reached
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.