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EPA’s 2008 Report on the Environment (ROE) compiles, in one place, the most reliable indicators currently available to answer 23 questions that EPA believes are of critical importance to its mission to protect human health and the environment.
The indicators are supported by data gathered from federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations. All ROE indicators were peer-reviewed to meet exacting standards for accuracy, representativeness, and reliability, and the report has undergone extensive internal and interagency review, SAB review, and public comment. The indicators present trends wherever adequate data are available, and establish national baselines where they are not. The report also identifies key limitations of these indicators and gaps where reliable indicators do not yet exist. The report does not propose actions to reduce data limitations, fill gaps, or analyze the costs and benefits of doing so.
The ROE presents 78 environmental indicators at the national scale. In response to recommendations from within and outside EPA, 32 of these indicators also present information at regional scales, most of them by EPA Region. There are also seven special pilot indicators developed by EPA Regional Offices that cover only one EPA Region or parts of one or two EPA Regions.
The table on the next page lists (1) all of the ROE indicators that present data relevant to EPA Region 7, and (2) the ROE questions they help to answer. Copies of all of the indicators listed are provided following the table. Additional information on the ROE is available at www.epa.gov/roe.