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Soil Survey - The National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) program is a joint effort between cooperating federal agencies, land-grant universities, and other state and local agencies to map soils, collect soil data, interpret the maps and data, and promote the use of the surveys. In Arizona, the field investigations are made for parts of counties and the material is compiled in a published soil survey. The survey contains soil maps showing the geographic distribution of soils and a text that describes, classifies, and interprets the soils. 

Geologic Hazards - Radon, Arsenic, Subsidence and Earth Fissures, Earthquakes, Floods, Mass Movements (slope failure), Karst, problem soils, Abandoned Mines, Volcanic Hazards and linkds to other government agencies.

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ADEQ: Air Quality - The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's mission is to protect and enhance public health and the environment in Arizona. Established by the Arizona Legislature in 1986 in response to growing concerns about groundwater quality, ADEQ today administers a variety of programs to improve the health and welfare of our citizens and ensure the quality of Arizona's air, land and water resources meets healthful, regulatory standards.  ADEQ is committed to leading Arizona and the nation in protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for the people of our state.

Air Now - The U.S. EPA, NOAA, NPS, tribal, state, and local agencies has developed the AIRNow Web site to provide the public with easy access to national air quality information. The Web site offers daily AQI forecasts as well as real-time AQI conditions for over 300 cities across the US, and provides links to more detailed State and local air quality Web sites.

Maricopa County Air Quality Division - The Air Quality Division issues air quality permits to regulated businesses, monitors ambient air for pollutants, writes the Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Rules & Regulations, and determines facility compliance. The Division sets the long range direction for clean air within Maricopa County.

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Virtually every U.S. state has experienced floods and everybody has some risk of flooding. In fact, there is a 26 % chance of experiencing a flood during the life of a 30-year mortgage compared to a 4 % chance of fire.


Flood Control District of Maricopa County - The mission of the Flood Control District of Maricopa County is to provide regional flood hazard identification, regulation, remediation, and education to Maricopa County residents so that they can reduce their risks of injury, death, and property damage from flooding, while still enjoying the natural and beneficial values served by floodplains.

Flood Plain Information - Is the home or vacant land you are considering buying within a Special Flood Hazard Area? Do you need flood insurance? It is very important to have answers to these questions not only when purchasing a home in a subdivision, but when constructing a custom home or purchasing undeveloped (raw) land.

Guide to Flood Plain Mapping - A Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) is the official map of a community on which FEMA has delineated both the special flood hazard areas and the flood risk premium zones. Communities are mapped by their respective flood control agencies or the Army Corps of Engineers. The Flood Control District is responsible for mapping and delineating Maricopa County.


"Superfund" is the commonly-used name for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Contamination and Liability Act (the "Superfund" law).

ADEQ Superfund Programs The Waste Programs Division is committed to safeguarding public health, protecting the environment and restoring natural resources through investigation, management and remediation of soil and groundwater that is contaminated with hazardous substances. The Remedial Projects Section is responsible for oversight and management of state and federal Superfund sites in Arizona.

AZ Superfund Sites - There is a website you can use to track the cleanup levels of many Superfund sites. I do not usually endorse commercial websites, but this website appears to be unique in the amount of data that they can provide regarding these sites, data that would take most people enormous amounts of time and money to find and classify.  The website is:

Citizen's Platform on Superfund - Communities at Risk is a network of Superfund communities and other toxic communities across the United States, from Alaska to Florida. Some members of this group met in July of 1993, in Keystone, CO., where they forged a "People's Agenda on Superfund." This current version of the People’s Agenda is the updated version produced by an assembly of communities at the Communities At Risk Superfund Summit in Washington, DC., September 30, 1995.


Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil - Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.

AZ's Lead-Based Paint Program - The State of Arizona does not have its own Lead-Based Paint Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is running the program in this state. 

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ADEQ - Hazardous Waste Management - ADEQ is greatly concerned with the health and safety issues involving hazardous waste management in Arizona. Under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and state statutes and rules that are modeled on the federal law, ADEQ has the authority to monitor and direct businesses that may generate, transport or dispose of hazardous waste in Arizona.  The Waste Programs Division implements state and federal hazardous waste laws pursuant to delegation from the U.S. EPA. The Hazardous Waste Section is responsible for effectively implementing standards for the safe generation, management, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

A Homebuyer's Guide to Environmental Hazards - Does this home fit my needs and those of my family? Is this a safe, secure home, free from potential hazards? Is this home a good investment and will it retain and increase its value in the years ahead?  These are among the hundreds of questions that home buyers ask themselves as part of the home- buying thought process. It is a good policy, this questioning, a means of gathering hard facts that can be used to balance the emotional feelings that are so much a part of buying a home.


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