The Tulsa Air and Water Quality Information System

EPA Grant Number: R827963
Title: The Tulsa Air and Water Quality Information System
Investigators: Kitz, Hilary , Pinc, Gaylon , Jeffries, Rhonda , Potter, William
Current Investigators: Hamilton, Monica , Purser, Jane , Kurlkin, Joanne , Pinc, Gaylon , Jeffries, Rhonda , Potter, William
Institution: City of Tulsa , Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality , Indian Nations Council of Government , University of Tulsa , United States Geological Survey [USGS]
Current Institution: City of Tulsa , Indian Nations Council of Government , Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality , United States Geological Survey [USGS] , University of Tulsa
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: February 1, 2000 through December 31, 2001
Project Amount: $500,000
RFA: Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Environmental Statistics , Water , Aquatic Ecosystems , Air , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration


The Tulsa Air and Water Quality Information System (TAWQIS) will provide accessible, useful air and water quality information for residents of Northeastern Oklahoma. Ozone and NOx data will be coordinated with meteorological data for informed decision-making about air quality mitigation strategies. TAWQIS will inform residents about both drinking and recreational water quality by coordinating data from municipal and national sources. The project will enhance informed public policy discussion about the future of local watersheds and the impact of waste from the poultry industry. The objectives will be enriched through extensive education programs based on the TAWQIS data.


The Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) will coordinate all data sources and operate a web site devoted to TAWQIS environmental information. An extensive educational and community awareness program will reach those who are not yet connected to the internet. Monitoring data will be integrated from the City of Tulsa, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), a local allergy clinic, the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (TMUA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Public awareness programs using TAWQIS data will educate citizens participating in policy discussions concerning transportation, trash management, and air and water quality planning.

Air quality: Real-time reporting and mapping will be enhanced by the installation of new ozone and Noy monitors. Meteorological data will be combined with air quality information to improve forecasting of days with potentially high ozone. Graphic displays will correlate bioaerosol levels, air quality parameters and asthma patient lung functions as monitored by Airwatch participants in the Allergy Clinic of Tulsa project.

Water quality: The website will coordinate local and regional water reports to provide information about drinking water sources with historical trend analysis. Drinking water treatment will be explained to illustrate the effects of poultry waste run off. TAWQIS will provide lake and river information for recreational users.

Expected Results:

TAWQIS will provide comprehensive environmental data to improve the ability of community residents to make informed public policy and personal decisions. The user friendly, data management processing and delivery system will be the basis for the creation of a comprehensive resource management policy.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 16 publications for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

Media: air, drinking water, recreational water, ozone, bioaerosol
Risk Assessment: lung function, asthma
Chemicals: Nox, ozone
Public Policy: decision making, informed public policy, treatment, resource management, community awareness, impact of waste, historical trend analysis, parameters, mitigation strategies, public policy
Methods: monitoring, data, forecasting
Geographical Area: Northeast Oklahoma, OK
Sector: poultry industry
, RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Air, Geographic Area, Water, Hydrology, air toxics, Environmental Chemistry, State, Chemistry, Allergens/Asthma, Wet Weather Flows, indoor air, tropospheric ozone, decision-making, Drinking Water, Biology, Social Science, Economics & Decision Making, monitoring, asthma, Nitrogen Oxides, risk, risk assessment, sensitive populations, lungs, EMPACT, fate and transport, wastewater treatment, environmental monitoring, air pollutants, lung, stratospheric ozone, exposure and effects, community involvement, ozone, allergic airway, exposure, pesticides, runoff, other - risk assessment, decision making, meteorological data, air pollution, recreational area, air quality data, community based environmental planning, treatment, inhalation, data management, decision model, bioaerosols, mitigation strategies, water quality, indoor air quality, nitrogen oxides (Nox), real time monitoring, Oklahoma (OK), outreach and education, public policy, allergies, forecasting, lake ecosystems, real-time monitoring

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2000 Progress Report
  • Final Report