Pollution and Toxic Sites
The National Library of Medicine provides a Toxmap of TRI and Superfund sites and the Scorecard organization provides an overview of pollution and toxic sites in the area. Environmental Health is tracked by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Land cover and impervious surfaces are tracked by the University of Minnesota’s Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory, which provides detailed state and local records:http://land.umn.edu/quickview_data/index.html and http://land.umn.edu/maps/impervious/landbrowse.php). Additional years of data are available upon request.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation provides data on vehicle miles traveled by county as well as by surface type and route system. (http://www.dot.state.mn.us/roadway/data/reports/vmt.html and http://www.dot.state.mn.us/roadway/data/reports/mileage_lanemiles.html).
Data about local watersheds is available from the US EPA, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This data includes Canon River and Rice County Watershed Profiles, Rice County Water Stations Data and Canon River Watershed Impaired Waters Data. The National Weather service also provides including real time stream flow data from the Cannon at Northfield.