I mentioned previously on this blog one of the reporters who was responsible for this interactive feature, Charles Duhigg, who was honored with a Science Journalism Award from the Kavli Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2009 for his work on the New York Times feature series "Toxic Waters." Credit goes as well to Mr. Duhigg's research and reporting partner Karl Russell at the New York Times. The Flash-animated interactive feature shown here is merely a link to their excellent and detailed work drawing all of the data together and publishing it online. I have not copied their data or work, or the code of the interactive feature itself, merely a couple of image captures and link to the original feature from this space. For more information on all of the stories and features related to Mr. Duhigg's (and everyone else's) great work on the "Toxic Waters" series, check out their New York Times pages.
There is certainly some commentary that could accompany this, related particularly to the data embedded in the feature, but I'll leave that for another post. Perhaps on Thursday, the 40th birthday of the CWA...
from the New York Times
Clean Water Act Violations: The Enforcement Record
Interactive graphic feature originally published on 13 September 2009 in the online edition of the New York Times by Karl Russell and Charles Duhigg.
|Circles representing the number of facilities in each state that are regulated under the Clean Water Act. For|
examples to provide scale, Wisconsin had 653 registered facilities, and California had 2,161 registered facilities.
The following original caption accompanied the interactive feature:
Figures were compiled by asking states to verify data initially provided by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Any time officials disputed the data, they were asked to provide alternative figures, which were substituted. New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Idaho and the District of Columbia were not delegated enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Figures for those states are from the E.P.A. Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Mississippi disputed the E.P.A. figures but did not provide alternative information. States' responses are available here.