Want to know where all Pa.'s mines, streams and hazardous waste sites are? Now you can find out

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released a new public website loaded with maps of abandoned mine lands, air quality, hazardous waste sites, streams, and other data.

In all, the new geographic information system (GIS) site includes more than 300 digital data sets and maps.  It's available at OpenDataPA, a central repository for all open data sets published by state agencies.

“DEP has a lot of location-based information that citizens can find useful,” DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell said in a news release. “In line with Governor Wolf’s calls for improved state government transparency, efficiency, and customer service, we’ve put a wealth of data in one online place so that people can more easily find information about the air, land, and water where they live.”

Users can look for natural gas wells or impaired streams near them, for example.  Most of the maps are searchable by street address, zip code, or town.

Data are presented as maps or tables and can be downloaded into spreadsheets.

The DEP said most data are updated daily and are publicly available.

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