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.
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.