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By the Numbers: 56 new features shared on EGLE's Maps and Data Portal in 2023

In 2023, EGLE developed seven new interactive web maps and dashboards, six new story maps, 41 new open data items, and two new hub sites, for a grand total of 56 new features shared on the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)'s Maps and Data Portal, the central location for maps and data. EGLE nearly doubled the number of open data layers that we published in 2022.

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The new features -- ranging from Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program sampling results to where solid waste landfills are in Michigan -- are part of EGLE's commitment to transparency and accessibility. The agency continues to work to make information and data available quickly on the EGLE website.

EGLE’s Most Popular Maps & Data Items

These items include some of our most public popular content of the year. Here are the top three items (by views) in each category. For a complete list of our published content, see the end of this article.

Featured New Web Maps and Dashboards

  1. Michigan Materials Management Facilities

    Published: May 16, 2023. Locations of regulated facilities that are registered and/or permitted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy including Scrap Tire Facilities, Compost Facilities, Recycling Establishments, Anaerobic Digesters, Electronics Recyclers, Processing and Transfer Stations, and Solid Waste Landfills.

  2. Brownfield Redevelopment Program Contacts Viewer

    Published: January 20, 2023. This viewer helps to connect you with staff in the Brownfield Redevelopment Program, Remediation and Redevelopment Division (RRD).  RRD addresses environmental risks at properties where hazardous substances have been released into the soil or groundwater. The Brownfield Redevelopment Program supports revitalization and redevelopment of brownfield properties by providing assistance in the form of grants, loans, tax increment financing, and conducting free environmental site assessments.

  3. Michigan Indoor Radon Results Web Map

    Published: November 21, 2023. EGLE created this map to show the radon information for first time tests, without active radon mitigation systems, by ZIP     code. This map is based on results from the supplier that manufactures and analyzes short-term radon test kits purchased through the EGLE radon program.

Featured New Story Maps

  1. Michigan Harmful Algal Blooms

    Published: July 10, 2023. It is important to be aware of what harmful algal blooms are, when and where they occur, and why you should care about them. This story map covers all that and more including how to prevent and report blooms if you suspect there may be one on a waterbody in Michigan.

  2. Michigan Critical Dune Areas

    Published: December 12, 2023. The Michigan's Critical Dune Area story map was created as a public outreach tool to increase general awareness of the Critical Dune Area (CDA) regulatory program and the management challenges these unique areas face.

  3. EGLE's Air Quality Division releases 2022 Year in Review

    Published: August 25, 2023. Metrics are an important part of Air Quality Division (AQD)'s story, but the numbers alone don't tell the whole story. Read this     story to deep dive into more details about the information found in the AQD 2022 Year in Review.

Featured New Open Data

  1. Michigan Part 115 Landfills

    Published: May 16, 2023. This data contains the Michigan Part 115 Solid Waste Active/Accepting Facilities as Part 115, Solid Waste Management, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994. 

  2. Michigan Solid Waste Processing Facilities and Transfer Stations

    Published: May 16, 2023. This data provides the locations of solid waste transfer stations and solid waste processing plants found throughout the state. Transfer stations accept non-hazardous solid waste for consolidation and transfer to landfills for disposal. Processing plants are used to sort, treat, or otherwise manage solid waste so that portions of the waste material may be reused as a raw material or new product, or is otherwise treated for proper disposal.   

  3. Michigan Compost Facilities

    Published: May 16, 2023. Locations of Compost Facilities Registered and/or Permitted with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Other Highlights from 2023

In addition to the content featured above, EGLE is excited to highlight our Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award. In this picture, Kate receives the award from Esri CEO, Jack Dangermond during the July 2023 Esri User Conference. According to Esri, our GIS team stood out from more than 100,000 others to be selected for this honor. Visit Esri’s 2023 SAG Award Winners page to learn more about EGLE’s work that earned the award.

In May, we expanded our team by one and our not-so-new hire has helped to really elevate our backend data processes.

In November, EGLE celebrated GIS Day in 2023 by highlighting five new staffers that use GIS in their work. Read the feature in the EGLE Career Series: Fast Five with EGLE staffers on GIS Day.

To learn more about how EGLE is using GIS technology, you can also check out the What Makes EGLE Spatial story map. This story map was awarded the Best Storytelling award at the 2023 IMAGIN GIS conference in June.

For more from EGLE’s GIS program, visit EGLE's centralized location for maps and data to see all of our public GIS content. You can also Subscribe to the EGLE Maps and Data Updates GovDelivery list to get an email straight to your inbox when we publish new datasets or mapping applications.