United States
Environmental Protection
Information Resources
May 1992

meeting also heard David Blockstein,
Executive Director of the Committee for a
National Institutes for the Environment,
discuss the proposed National
Environmental Library. Organizers from
both agencies hope that the ideas
exchanged here will assist their information
professionals to develop a more effective
and coordinated approach to information
access and distribution. The most
important benefactors of this will be the
agency staff and the public. ~
Change is a constant
ingredient in any viable
'organization. When
managed effectively, change can be an
opportunity for creativity and development.
Or, it can be a painful experience that
paralyzes the organization. The March
1992 issue of Training & Development
contains articles that can help you
successfully manage change. "Making
Choices About Change," "Taking Charge of
Change," "Five Views of Change,"
"Breakpoint Change," and "Approaches to
Change" provide insight into keeping up
with the transformation taking place in the
world around us, and dealing with
resistance to change. This issue of Training
& Development (along with many other
"idea filled" management journals) can be
found in the periodicals section of the EPA
Headquarters Library. Check it out! ~
Contract Management
The Contract Management Collection
is one of the special collections available in
the Headquarters Library. The collection
includes EPA and Federal publications that
are useful for understanding and managing
the many issues involved in contract
management. These are reference
materials available for use in the Library. A
few examples are:
Contracts management manual [EPA],
1985, MGMT EPAX 8911-0040-1900
Environmental Protection Agency
acquisition regulation manual (EPAAR),
1990, MGMT EPAX 8911-0040-1901
Federal acquisition regulation, 1990,
MGMT KF844.7.F42
Procurement and public management: the
fear of discretion and the quality of
government performance, 1990, MGMT
REF JK1677.C65K45
Quality: the reference book for government
contracts by Robert E. Schomberg, 1989,
MGMT HD3861.U6S36
The Library also has copies of the
1991 Contract Management bibliography
which identifies journal articles on a variety
of contracting issues: planning and
preparation, monitoring contracts, and
contract policy. For copies of the
bibliography, or to research a particular
aspect of contract mangement, please
contact the Reference staff at 260-5921. ~
Journal Kernels
If you thought last month's
column was a one-time gig, you
were wrong! This month, we will
shine the spotlight on some of the
journals in the Headquarters Library
that deal with environmental protection.
Environment Reporter. An important source
for the environmentalist, this looseleaf
newsletter, published by the Bureau of National

Affairs, provides weekly updates on legislative,
administrative, judicial, industrial and
technological developments affecting pollution
control and environmental protection, (weekly)
(Holdings: Vol. 2 1971 - present)
Environment Today highlights news and
trends in environmental protection,
management, pollution control, and
environmental computer software. Each month,
this journal contains regular features on
environmental marketing, technology news,
environmental business, and upcoming
environmental conferences, (monthly)
(Holdings: Vol. 1 1990 - present)
Environmental Management publishes
research and opinions concerning the use and
conservation of our natural resources, the
protection of natural habitats and the control of
environmental hazards. Contributions are
drawn from numerous types of sciences such
as biology, climatology, ecology, geology,
zoology and a variety of other "ologies."
(monthly) (Holdings: Vol. 1 1976 - present)
Environmental Protection. Now how could
we do a story on environmental protection
journals without including this one? This
monthly journal is dedicated to the control of air
and water pollution, wastewater and hazardous
materials. Regular features include highlights of
upcoming regulatory actions by EPA and
articles on environmental training in such things
as hazard communications and waste
management, (monthly) (Holdings: Vol. 2,
April/May 1991 - present)
Environmental Protection News. Yet
another strong contender for our "Originality of
Title" award, this biweekly newsletter bills itself
as "the leading news resource for environmental
regulation, litigation, new research and policy
analysis." It highlights environmental news
stories, including those about new EPA
regulations, that were in the news over the prior
two week period, (biweekly) (Holdings: Vol. 5
May 1990 - present) ~
Water So
Clean ...
The EPA Office of
Water has produced
a series of 5
videotapes which
explain how the
nation continues to restore the chemical,
physical and biological integrity of its
waters, fulfilling the goals of the 1972 Clean
Water Act
Water Quality-Based Approach to
Pollution Control introduces the concepts of
water quality in an eight-stage model, from the
use of water quality standards to progress
measurement and evaluation.
Introduction to Water Quality Standards
elaborates upon the relationship of states and
the federal government in defining water quality
Antidegradation Policy: A Means to
Maintain and Protect Existing Uses and
Water Quality explains how waters which
exceed established water quality standards can
be protected, and how states are guided by the
policy when creating water quality standards.
Development of Water Quality Criteria
and its Relationship To Water Quality
Standards briefly defines the concepts of
chronic and acute criteria, and constraints of
duration and frequency of exposure.
Water Quality Standards and 401
Certification explains how states are required
by Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to certify
public and private discharge activities.
Call us, or come in person, and find out how
you can see these and many other tapes on
our equipment or on your own. ~

The 102nd Congress is
attempting to tackle some
very controversial environmental issues this
year. They are working hard in this short
election-year to enact an energy bill and
reauthorize the Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Water Act.
Other issues are pesticide safety, indoor air
pollution, wilderness and wildlife conservation,
mining laws, disposal of nuclear wastes, and
global warming.
The authorization for the Clean Water
Act expired in September 1989 making it more
than two years overdue for reauthorization. The
clean water debate is confronting fierce battles
between industry and environmental groups.
One of the big controversies is over the
wetlands protection issue.
RCRA legislation is deadlocked one
week and greeted with optimism the next week.
There is a possibility that a "RCRA-lite" version
of the legislation might be able to pass in this
session of congress. "RCRA-lite" is a version of
the legislation which does not cover all of the
issues, or the issues are watered down in order
to make the legislation less controversial. The
lite version enables a bill a greater chance of
passage. The solid waste bill (H.R. 2194)
dealing with federal facilities was sent to
conference in February.
—Joan Platten
EPA Legislative Librarian
(202)260-5425 (A-102)
Conferences, Meetings,
Symposiums, Workshops
If you wish to have an upcoming event listed
here, please forward the information to The Catalyst,
HQ Library, 401 M St., SW - PM-211A, Washington,
DC 20460. Please submit the information as soon
as possible before the meeting, because we list
events that are scheduled at least three months in
advance of each publication date.
EPA's New Storm Water Permits: The
Requirements and How They Comply. August
11,1992, Hartford, CT. Sponsored by the
Environmental Resource Center. For more
information contact: The Environmental Resource
Center, 3679 Rosehill Road, Fayetteville, NC 28311
or call (800) 537-2372 or (919) 822-1172 or Fax
(919) 822-0449.
9th International Biotechnology Symposium.
August 16-21,1992, Arlington, VA. Sponsored by
the American Chemical Society Division of
Biochemical Technology. For more information
contact: ACS Meetings, 1155 16th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 872-4451 or
Fax (202) 872-4370.
1992 Symposium on Global Emissions and
Mitigation. August 18-20, 1992, Washington, DC.
Sponsored by Acurex Environmental and USEPA.
For more information contact: T. Kelly Janes
AEERL, (919) 629 2852 or Acurex Environmental,
P.O. Box 13109, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
or call (919) 544-4535 or Fax (919) 544-5690.
Federal Facility 1992 Environmental Update.
August 25-26,1992, Denver, CO. Sponsored by
Government Institutes, Inc. For more information
contact: Tim Hohman at Government Institutes, Inc.,
4 Research Place, Suite 200, Rockville MD 20850
or call (301) 921-2345 or Fax (301) 921-0373.
National Environmental Policy Act
Compliance Course. August 27-28,1992,
Denver CO. Sponsored by Government Institutes,
Inc. For more information contact: Tim Hohman at
Government Institutes, Inc., 4 Research Place, Suite
200, Rockville MD 20850 or call (301) 921-2345 or
Fax(301)921-0373. ~
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Info Page: Remote Sensing
The demand for Earth's resources is
increasing at a time when the supply is rapidly
dwindling. This calls for the wisest possible
management of our resources. Management
is greatly facilitated if accurate, timely
inventories are available. Often inventories
can best be made by means of remote
Remote sensing is the gathering of
information on an area or object without
physical contact. The information is further
processed and interpreted to produce useful
data for application in agriculture, forestry,
archaeology, geography, geology, planning
and other fields. The collected information can
be used, for example, to determine the loss of
wetlands or identify abandoned hazardous
waste sites. Collectively, remote sensing
encompasses a wide range of artificial
techniques such as aerial photography, laser
and radar detection, satellites and more.
There is great public support for the
various facets of the space program,
especially the use of satellites to monitor the
Earth's environment. NASA's Earth Observing
System (EOS) is a multinational research
program that will combine space platforms,
satellites and national high-speed computers
to collect and analyze data.
Remote sensing offers endless
possibilities to gather information about Earth.
It will play a major role in an information
revolution that will change man's relationship
with his environment. To find the latest
developments, the Headquarters Library
maintains a subscription to the journal
Remote Sensing of Environment. Following
are general, introductory, non- or semi-
technical resources on remote sensing.
EXHIBITS—"Looking At Earth" is a
permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian's Air &
Space Museum. The gallery documents the
continual search for higher, clearer images of
Earth, and includes aerial cameras,
reconnaissance photographs, satellite
pictures and innovative craft. Looking At Earth
is an informative, comprehensive overview of
remote sensing.
FACT SHEETS— produced by the
Environmental Monitoring Systems
Laboratory (EMSL), the fact sheets describe
how the Agency uses remote sensing.
Copies are available in the HQ Library for
review, and may also be obtained from Tom
Osberg, Environmental Photographic
Interpretation Center (EPIC) at 703-341-7508.
Environmental Photographic Interpretation
Center (EPIC)
Aerial Photography for Inventories of
Hazardous Waste Sites
Aerial Photography to Support Chemical
Exposure Assessments
Topographical Mapping for Environmental
Wetlands Delineation for Environmental

Advances in Spatial Information Extraction &
Analysis for Remote Sensing. American
Society for Photogrammetry & Remote
Sensing, 1990.
Avery, T. E. and Graydon, L. B. Interpretation
of Aerial Photographs. 4th ed. Minneapolis:
Burgess, 1985.
Region 2 TR810.AV
Athens, Ga.; AWBERC Library, Cincinnati
TR810.A9 1977
Barrett, E.C. and Curtis, L.F. Introduction to
Environmental Remote Sensing. 2nd ed. New
York: Chapman & Hall, 1982.
Edison, N.J. G70.4.BA
Region 3, 5 and 6; Headquarters; RTP;
Athens, Ga. G70.4.B37 1976
Colwell, R.N.,ed. Manual of Remote Sensing.
2nd ed. Falls Church, Virginia: American
Society of Photogrammetry and Remote
Sensing, 1983.
Region 2 G70.4.ASP
Headquarters; Region 10; Corvallis, Or.
G70.4.A54 1975
Regions 4, 5 and 8 G70.4.M36 1983
Cracknell, A. and Hayes, L.. Remote Sensing
Yearbook. London: Taylor & Francis, 1987.
Curran, P.J. Principles of Remote Sensing.
New York: Longman, 1985.
Drury, S.A. A Guide to Remote Sensing:
Interpreting Images of the Earth. Oxford
University Press, 1990.
Howard, J.A. Remote Sensing of Forest
Resources: Theory & Applications. Chapman
& Hall, 1991.
Johannsen, C.J. and Sanders, J.L., eds.
Remote Sensing for Resource Management.
Iowa City: Soil Conservation Society of
America, 1982.
Regions 3 and 4 G70.4.R457 198
Lillesand, T.M. and Kiefer, R.W. Remote
Sensing and Image Interpretation. New York:
John Willey & Sons, 1979.
NEIC Library, Denver, Co. G70.4.L54
Protecting Natural Resources with Remote
Sensing. American Society for
Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, 1990.
Better View . Massachusetts: Duxbury Press,
Athens, Ga.; AWBERC Library, Cincinnati
Sabins, F.F. Remote Sensing: Principles and
Interpretation. 2nd ed. Oxford: W.H. Freeman
& Co., 1986.
AWBERC Library, Cincinnati; EMSL, Las
Vegas G70.4.S15
Schanda, E. Remote Sensing for
Environmental Sciences. Heidelberg:
Springer-Verlag, 1976.
Edison, N.J QH541.15.R4Rem
Corvallis, Or. QH541.15.R4R39
Slama, C.C., ed. Manual of Photogrammetry.
4th ed. Falls Church, Virginia: American
Society of Photogrammetry, 1979.
Ada, Ok.; Region 7; NEIC Library;
Corvallis, Or. TA593.A63 1966
Szekielda, K.H. Satellite Remote Sensing for
Resources Development. London: Graham &
Trotman, 1986.
The preceding list of books may help
provide answers to some of the issues
involved in Remote Sensing. EPA
Headquarters staff can borrow these items
through the Headquarters Library. ~