Quality of life is the key
to sustaining a prosperous and healthy city. Indicators can be used to
evaluate where a community is and where it is going. Once this is understood,
indicators can be used to establish goals for sustaining or improving
a community's quality of life.
the Ten Illinois Metropolitan Statisitical Areas
The following files may require
for viewing and printing
of Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Areas
Green Space in Illinois MSAs
Quality Natural Areas in Illinois MSAs
Land in Illinois MSAs
Quality in Illinois MSAs
Resource/Environmental Indicator Database
Crime Across Illinois MSAs
Education and Growth Across Illinois MSAs
Natural Resource/Environmental Indicators:
We are still developing
this indicator database. When completed there will also be more specific
information and trend data for each of the metropolitan areas in Illinois.
We hope to have the complete database online by the end of 2001.
Analysis in Illinois
Chicago Metropolis 2020
2002 Index Report
for Better Decisions in the Lower Des Plaines Watershed
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Other Sites for Environmental Measures
Defenses Environmental Scorecard
This site is a good source for environmental information at the state
and local level. This site includes information on air pollutants, lead
hazards, potential sources of land contamination, animal waste from manufacturing
facilities, chemical releases from manufacturing facilities, clean water
act status, and watershed indicators. Environmental information for your
region is easy to find - simply type in your zip code.
EPA Watershed Indicators
The Index of Watershed Indicators (the IWI or Index) is a compilation
of information on the "health" of aquatic resources in the United
States. The Index looks at a variety of indicators that point to whether
rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and coastal areas are "well"
or "ailing" and whether activities on the surrounding lands
that affect our waters are placing them at risk.
Watershed Management Clearinghouse
This site includes a web-based mapping system with some of the most current
and detailed geospatial, or map, information for Illinois accessible interactively.
This includes data on geology and soils, land cover, public lands and
natural areas, water resources, wetlands, watersheds and other data.
Environmental Protection Agencys Envirofacts - Maps on Demand
As part of EPAs Envirofacts warehouse, this site allows one to map
environmental information from EPA databases on air, chemicals, facility
information, hazardous waste, Superfund, toxic releases, drinking water
contamination occurrences, and much more information.
Contact: Tom Heavisides
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, Illinois 62702
of Natural Resources
Office of Realty and Environmental Planning