BUILDING A COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL INVENTORY FOR THE MID-HUDSON VALLEY, NEW YORK
Hazardous facilities were field checked for accuracy and discrepancies in the locations of the data points were corrected. Then, spatial coincidence mapping was performed using GIS; sites and facilities (e.g. TRI sites or incinerators) were selected and demographics were calculated by block group for those locations. For each site we executed a buffer analysis in GIS by placing a predefined distance (one hundred yards to one mile) around the selected site and calculated the proximate populations. Demographic variables such as race, income, poverty level, age, sex, home ownership, education level, immigrant status, and language spoken in the home were evaluated in the study.
We anticipate that this interdisciplinary project involving geologists and geographers will serve as a model for other regions wishing to examine systematically correlations between environmentally undesirable land uses and community demographics. We also expect that the project will demonstrate the utility of such interdisciplinary work in land use policy decision-making.