Environmental Condition On-Line DFW Metroplex (ECOPLEX)

EPA Grant Number: R827065
Title: Environmental Condition On-Line DFW Metroplex (ECOPLEX)
Investigators: Dickson, Kenneth L. , Acevedo, Miguel F. , Atkinson, Samuel F. , Kennedy, James H. , Martin, Howard , Waller, William T.
Institution: City of Denton , University of North Texas
EPA Project Officer: Hiscock, Michael
Project Period: November 1, 1998 through October 31, 2000 (Extended to December 31, 2001)
Project Amount: $484,868
RFA: Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) (1998) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Water , Sustainability , Air , Environmental Statistics , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration


The objective of the ECOPLEX proposal is, through the use of both innovative and proven environmental monitoring technologies, to collect real time and time relevant environmental data which will be used to inform the citizens of the City of Denton, the Elm Fork watershed and the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area of current, historical and near-term forecasts of environmental conditions to which we are exposed. We propose a suite of parameters encompassing the most pressing environmental issues this region is faced with: water, land and air. These parameters include real time measures of clam gape, water quality (pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity), predicted chlorophyl, wind speed, air temperature, and rainfall, which will be monitored at a site in Lake Lewisville and Pecan Creek - a tributary to Lake Lewisville. Ozone concentrations, ultraviolet light levels, and air clarity will be monitored at the Environmental Education and Science and Technology building on the campus of the University of North Texas. These parameters will clearly communicate time-relevant data for one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, assisting our citizens in making environmentally responsible decisions. Our objectives are to combine a suite of proven technologies for measuring certain environmental parameters with a suite of innovative technologies recently explored by university researchers to present our community with a comprehensive "systems" view of our environment.


Our approach is two-fold: first, we intend to post on the world wide web a series of graphical indices of each parameter measured (as well as combined indices indicating overall system quality), with links to movies depicting the recent history of each parameter and predictions of near future conditions. As important as the technological first step is, providing the community with the knowledge of how to use the information is even more important. Therefore, our second approach is to develop curriculum which will be delivered to the community, especially school-aged children, via an intensive outreach program. We will hire teachers to develop curriculum and conduct monthly workshops for teachers to show how to utilize the information in classrooms, how people should view the information, and how to make environmentally responsible decisions based on that information.

Expected Results:

Our intent is to provide a finely woven tapestry of technology which measures the quality of the environment and tools which allow the community to understand how to interpret that information. This project will result in a community which understands the interrelated nature of our environment as well as past, present, and future conditions.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 41 publications for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

real-time monitoring, UVlight, water quality, air clarity, ozone, clam gape, chlorophyl, weather data, public information, environmental education, land use, AVHRR imagery., RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, Air, Geographic Area, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Hydrology, Ecology, air toxics, Environmental Chemistry, State, Susceptibility/Sensitive Population/Genetic Susceptibility, Monitoring/Modeling, genetic susceptability, tropospheric ozone, Ecological Risk Assessment, environmental monitoring, monitoring, sensitive populations, EMPACT, chlorophyl, air pollutants, community-based approach, health risks, meteorology, stratospheric ozone, ozone , ambient air, monitoring stations, ozone, public information, VOCs, air pollution, children, time-relevant monitoring, human exposue, human exposure, predictive model, web site development, Texas (TX), community-based, public access, water quality, ecosystem restoration, atmospheric monitoring, real time monitoring, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), human health, public outreach, public health alerts, outreach and education, air quality, real-time monitoring, toxics

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Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1999 Progress Report
  • 2000 Progress Report
  • 2001
  • Final Report