SEATTLE — A new online mapping tool from the University of Washington can help residents statewide determine the threat level from pollution where they live.
The Environmental Health Disparities Map ranks Washington neighborhoods and tracts on a scale of environmental risk from 1 (blue) to 10 (red). With data and input from UW, the Washington State Department of Health, the State Department of Ecology, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and the Front and Centered coalition of community organizations, the tool locates hotspots where environmental pollution is concentrated.
In North Central Washington, few tracts rise above a level 6, for moderate risks of environmental exposure from tainted air and water. The ratings can shift based on air pollution counts on a given day. On Wednesday, Wenatchee showed a rating of 8, due to motor traffic and high concentrations of airborne particulate matter.
Major hotspots on the map include Yakima County, the South Seattle and Tacoma sprawl, Vancouver and Spokane.
The map tool is hosted on the state Department of Health website, at fortress.wa.gov/doh/wtn/WTNIBL.
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