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Environmental Resource Guide

Hotlines and Websites for Environmental Information
Free Publications on Environmental Topics
M-F 9am-5:30pm (EST)
The National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) offers 7,000 in stock publications and 35,000 digital titles. All documents are free of charge.
Environmental Education Clearinghouse
1-800-424-4372, Washington D.C. local number (206) 553-1200
M-F 8:30am-4:30pm (pacific time)
A searchable database of environmental education materials available in the Pacific Northwest. Resources from hundreds of organizations have been organized in a number of categories.
EPA Grants and Fellowships Hotline
Provides access to research funding opportunities, grants, and fellowships as well as past and present research projects and programs.
Glossary of Environmental Terms, Acronyms, and Abbreviations
Earth 911: National Environmental/Recycling Hotline
Earth or 1-800-CLEANUP
By providing your zip code, Earth 911 tells you where you can recycle a variety of items near your area.
How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
What can be done to reduce, reuse, and recycle in your home, community, office, and when you are out shopping.
Facts and Figures on Household Trash
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has collected and reported data on the generation and disposal of waste in the United States for more than 30 years. It uses this information to measure the success of waste reduction and recycling programs across the country. This website provides links to fact sheets and reports about the municipal solid waste (household trash) generation, recycling, and disposal.
Junk Mail
A website where you can pay $19.95 per year to stop junk mail from being delivered to your home or small business.
Recycling rechargeable batteries and cell phones
Visit this website to find out how you can recycle rechargeable batteries and cell phones.
Plastic Loosefill Council Peanuts Hotline (where to bring Styrofoam peanuts for reuse)
A recorded message provides a list of locations near your calling number where styrofoam peanuts can be brought for recycling.
Reuse Opportunity
The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and nonprofit community gifting movement made up of thousands
of entirely local and individual city groups that promote reuse through local gifting among their members.
Members have the opportunity to give and get items for free, in an effort to keep unnecessary waste out of landfills.  Each group is run by a local moderator and membership is free.
Pay-As-You-Throw Helpline
1-888-EPA-PAYT (1-888-372-7298)
In communities with pay-as-you-throw programs (also known as unit pricing or variable-rate pricing), residents are charged for the collection of municipal solid waste-ordinary household trash-based on the amount the throw away. This creates a direct economic incentive to recycle more and to generate less waste. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports this new approach to solid waste management because it encompasses environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and equity. The hotline provides information and tools to support this ongoing effort.
Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse
The Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse (PPIC) is a free, nonregulatory service of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  PPIC is dedicated to reducing or eliminating industrial pollutants through technology transfer, education, and public awareness.  A Reference and Referral Telephone Service is available to answer questions, take orders for documents distributed by PPIC, or refer callers to appropriate contacts.
WasteWise Helpline
1-800-EPA-WISE (1-800-372-9473)
WasteWise is a free, voluntary, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise provides free technical assistance to help you develop, implement, and measure your waste reduction activities. WasteWise offers publicity to organizations that are successful in reducing waste through EPA publications, case studies, and national and regional events.
Safe Drinking Water Hotline
800-426-4791, Washington D.C. local number (703) 412-3330
M-F 10am-4pm (EST) - for local reports on drinking water quality.
Provides information about drinking water and house basics, local drinking water information, source water protection, drinking water standards, public drinking water systems, and underground injection control. 
Wetlands Health Line
800-832-7828, Washington, DC Area Local 202-566-1730
M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm (EST)
Provides information about wetlands regulation, legislation and policy pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, wetlands values and functions, and wetlands agricultural issues.
Homeowners Lawncare Water Quality Almanac
The goal of this almanac is to help you grow and maintain a dense, healthy lawn without polluting watersheds with pesticides, metals, nutrients, and petroleum. Provides a month by month explanation of how to care for your lawn.
Ground Water and Ecosystem Restoration Information Center (GWERIC)
Maintains a repository of highly specialized scientific and technical information relating to ground-water and ecosystem restoration. This information includes fact sheets, project summaries, environmental research briefs, reports, models and user's guides, issue papers, journal articles, symposium papers, conference proceedings, book chapters, presentations, posters, and other documents.
Water Resource Center (OWRC)
M-F 8:30-4:30 (EST)
OWRC provides documents and information about the EPA’s Office of Water Programs. The Center catalogs and distributes documents published by three of the Office of Water's Program Offices: Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Office of Science and Technology and Office of Wastewater Management.
National Small Flows Clearinghouse Hotline
1-800-624-8301, 304-293-4191 (West Virginia Local)
The National Small Flows Clearinghouse provides information and technical assistance to help small communities and homeowners reach practical, affordable solutions to their waste water treatment problems.
Store Water Quality System Hotline
The Environmental Protection Agency maintains two data management systems containing water quality information: the Legacy Data Center (LDC) and STORET.  STORET contains data collected beginning in 1999, along with older data that has been properly documents and migrated from the LDC.  Both systems contain raw biological, chemical and physical data on surface and ground water collected by federal, state and local agencies, Indian Tribes, volunteer groups, academics, and other. All 50 States, territories, and jurisdictions of the US, along with portions of Canada and Mexico are represented in these systems.
Indoor Air Quality Information Hotline
800-438-4318 for a list of frequently asked questions and answers on indoor air quality
Can speak with a specialist about questions or order publications.
Energy Star Hotline
Energy Star is a labeling program that identifies and promotes energy efficient products. The hotline and website provide information about household products and the energy star program.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Information Center
1-877-EERE-INF  (1-877-337-3463)
Provides information about the Department of Energy recovery act activities, weatherization, heating bills, and heating assistance for homes.
Radon Hotline
800-55RADON (800-557-2366)
M-F 8am-noon and 1pm-5pm (Central Daylight Time) - information about radon or order testing kits - general information on radon -local radon information and state contacts
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert radioactive gas. It is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. Naturally existing, low levels of uranium occur widely in Earth's crust. It can be found in all 50 states. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much is present.
Acid Rain & Ozone Hotline
202-343-9620 press #6
Provides information on acid rain, ozone, or air quality and to request a teachers’ guide.
Stratospheric Ozone Protection
Leave a recorded request for information. Calls are returned between 9am-4:30pm (EST)
Provides information about the EPA Stratospheric Layer Protection Program, stratospheric ozone, ozone depleting substances. You can also report a violation of the Clean Air Act.
Toxics and Poison
Superfund (Hazardous Contamination) Hotline
1-800-424-9346, Washington D.C. local number (703) -412-9810, 1-800-553-7672 (TDD)
M-Th 10am-3pm (EST) In July M-F 9-5pm
Provides information related to the Superfund Program, oil and the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).
The TRI is a source of information concerning waste management activities and toxic chemicals that are being used, manufactured, treated, transported, or released into the environment. Two statutes, Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA), mandate that a publicly accessible toxic chemical database be developed and maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Oil Pollution Prevention Hotline
1-800-424-9346, Washington D.C. local number (703) -412-9810, 1-800-553-7672 (TDD)
M-Th 10am-3pm (EST) In July M-F 9-5pm
(same as the Superfund Hotline)
National Lead Information Center Hotline
1-800-424-LEAD (1-800-424-5323)
The National Lead Information Center provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention.
National Poison Control Hotline
1-800-222-1222 (EMERGENCY only)
202-362-3867 (Requests for brochures), 202-362-8563 (TDD)
The National Poison Control Hotline was established to respond to emergency calls from concerned citizens about poison prevention. Housed in The National Capital Poison Center in Washington, DC, this hotline is manned 24 hours a day/7 days a week by registered nurses or pharmacists with backgrounds in critical care. All specialists have passed a national certification exam in toxicology. The Poison Center staff has access to a 24 hour interpreter service, with over 140 languages available, so callers who do not speak English are able to receive immediate help for emergency calls.
Endangered Species Protection and Pesticides Line
M-F 9am-5pm (EST)
Provides information to aid people striving to protect endangered species from harm that may result from the use of some pesticides.   You can request a bulletin describing locations where pesticides may not be used due to endangered species concerns.
Endangered Species Act to find local contacts and their phone numbers
Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice Hotline
Provides information about justice issues in your community. The purpose of the Hotline is to make information easily accessible to the public and to the media, and to assist in the resolution of environmental justice issues.

Agriculture & Horticulture
Locally Produced Food
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Visit this website to find out more about CSAs or how to find a CSA cooperative near you.
National Pesticide Information Center
This hotline offers science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related subjects and serves as a source of chemical, health, and environmental information about more than 600 pesticide active ingredients incorporated into over 50,000 different products registered for use in the United States since 1947.
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Coopertive Extension Service*
University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources*
Colorado State University Extension*
Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York*
University of Florida Extension*
Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey*
The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences*
Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System*
Washington State University, King County Extension*
* has included a sampling of websites from universities in the United States that provide information online for home gardeners. You can find similar websites devoted to other states by searching the internet using terms such as the state name and “university extension” or “cooperative extension.”


March 7, 2010 - 6:24am


This is a fabulous, comprehensive list. Thank you.

February 22, 2010 - 11:34am

Madeline Brooks

A lot of good websites with a lot of information are posted here. I especially like the site that has the locally produced food (I do try to buy locally when I can).

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