Up With the Waters: Climate Change, Flooding and Contamination in St. Louis
This series of interactive maps highlights the areas of greatest potential risk for contamination exposure after flooding events where the people of St. Louis live, work, and play. The different maps show contaminated sites within the floodplain in relation to population and employment density in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Sociodemographic information is also available for residential neighborhoods that are adjacent to floodplain contamination sites. In addition, visualizations identify public parks in the floodplain that have a high likelihood of becoming contaminated. Within each map, users can click on individual hazardous waste sites for specific information on the site's history, contaminants, and clean-up status.
The tool is intended to help government and land managers prioritize clean-up of the most heavily contaminated and populated areas within the floodplain in order to minimize exposure risks to the people of St. Louis. It is also designed to be a resource for residents who are interested in understanding where exposure risks might be higher after flooding events.
Up with the Waters was created by Dr. Amanda Koltz, a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, and her brother Steve Koltz, a web development fellow at The Flatiron School in New York City, as part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge, with an aim to identify populations in the St. Louis area that may be at higher risk for contamination exposure after flooding events. It was awarded one of the local second place prizes.