The Power of EQuIS in Environmental Management and Decision Analysis: Case Studies in Colorado

December 5, 1999

Selecting an optimal remediation strategy for environmental sites is never a straightforward, easy process. Successful management and decision analysis requires not only the availability of spatial, chemical, and geologic data, but also an integrated environmental quality information system which allows a project manager to utilize and analyze the data. EarthSoft’s Environmental Quality Information System (EQuISÒ) has been implemented by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) to aid in achieving these data management and analysis objectives. EQuIS tightly integrates data management with industry-standard visualization and analysis tools resulting in an environmental management system that allows the user to easily investigate “What If…?” scenarios. The EQuIS solution is enabling CDPHE to conduct a more comprehensive and effective evaluation of environmental impacts, migration pathways, fate and transport mechanisms, appropriate remediation methods, effects of remediation, and compliance. Examples illustrate how CDPHE is using EQuIS and what benefits have been derived therefrom.

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