MAPS OF MONITORING EFFORTS

For up-to-date, interactive maps that present WKMP data, please visit FracTracker. We are grateful to the FracTracker Alliance for archiving the data we collected about volunteer watershed monitoring and making it available to the public. The FracTracker Alliance also published a detailed discussion of these maps and our research findings.

Interactive map of locations monitored by volunteers. You will need to toggle the layers and basemap to clearly see each watershed (HUC-12 or HUC-8 scale). Then you can click on a watershed to see which organizations are active in that area. Click on the “more information” link to see the details on different monitoring programs

Interactive map of watersheds monitored by government agencies. As for the previous map, toggle the controls to adjust the presentation and click on watersheds for more information.

Map of top 25 government-monitored and top 25 civil society-monitored watersheds relative to the most drilled watersheds in Pennsylvania.

Profiles of civil society organizations monitoring watersheds in the Marcellus Shale region. This information was compiled by Kirk Jalbert for the FracTracker Alliance. The WKMP survey contributed to this resource.

Below, you will find a variety of static (non-interactive) maps that provide information and analysis of watershed monitoring in the Marcellus Shale Region.

GOVERNMENT MONITORING MAPS
(See additional maps for Civil Society Monitoring below)

These maps represent the time, money, technologies, expertise and other resources expended by federal, state, and local government agencies to monitor surface water quality. Methods for collecting this data include in-person and telephone interviews with key informants, analysis of public reports and other documents, and interpretation of water quality data reported by numerous government agencies through the EPA’s STORET Data Warehouse and the USGS’s National Water Information System. In addition, we gathered data through a mail-in questionnaire sent to county Conservation Districts (see the survey section of this website), followed by telephone contacts if necessary. The data on water quality monitoring locations provided by the agencies, groups, and institutions were added to a geographic information system (GIS) (using ArcGIS software) that includes watershed boundaries, socio-demographic data, political boundaries, infrastructure data and gas development activities for Pennsylvania and New York State. These geographic and spatially explicit data were collected from county, state, regional and national sources.

Government Monitoring: Location Maps

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Monitoring Locations
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
US Geological Survey (USGS)
Monitoring Locations
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
Multi-State Organizations (i.e. SRBC, DRBC)
Monitoring Locations
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System (HRECOS)
Monitoring Locations
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013

Government Monitoring: Density Maps

Density of Government
Monitoring Locations & Shale Gas Wells
(download PDF here)
uploaded 2/2013
Density of County and Municipal
Monitoring Locations & Shale Gas Wells
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
Density of Government
Monitoring Locations & Population Density
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
Density of Government
Monitoring Locations & Median Household Income
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013

CIVIL SOCIETY (NON-GOVT.) MONITORING MAPS

These maps represent the time, money, technologies, expertise and other resources expended by civil society organizations, such as volunteer groups and watershed associations, to monitor surface water quality. Methods for collecting this data included reporting from a mail-in questionnaire (see the survey section of this website), in-person and telephone interviews with key informants, and analysis of publicly available data on organizations’ websites. This information is represented in conjunction with data collected to produce the above government monitoring density maps for comparisons.

Density of Civil Society Monitoring Locations & Shale Gas Wells (HUC10)
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
Density of Civil Society Monitoring Locations & Shale Gas Wells (HUC8)
(download PDF here)
uploaded 2/2013
Density of Civil Society
Monitoring Locations & Population Density
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
Density of Civil Society
Monitoring Locations & Median Household Income
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013

GOVERNMENT & CIVIL SOCIETY MONITORING COMPARISON MAPS

Government and Civil Society Monitoring Locations in Shale Gas Production Watersheds of Northeast PA
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
Government and Civil Society Monitoring Locations in Shale Gas Production Watersheds of Southwest PA
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
Density of Government and Civil Society Monitoring in Counties with Highest Density of Shale Gas Wells
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013
[Reference Map] Counties with Highest Level of Shale Gas Development
(download PDF here)
uploaded 7/2013