Community Mapping

Alaska Community Action on Toxics helps communities identify environmental health hazards that may be linked to contaminated sites by leading community members through mapping exercises.

Community mapping involves sketching a map of a community and locating and labeling potential sources of contamination in relation to residential areas, schools, areas where children play, sources of drinking water, and food gathering sites.

Potential Sources of Contamination Include:

  • Landfills
  • Open garbage dumps
  • Junk yard
  • Burn boxes
  • Formerly Used Defense Sites
  • Active Military Sites
  • Mining sites  (active or historic)
  • Vehicle repair shops using petroleum products
  • Sewage treatment plants
  • Herbicide-treated vegetation
  • Any other sources of hazardous waste
  • Any job sites with hazardous materials
  • Any storage of hazardous materials
  • Any source of air pollution
  • River, stream, lake, ocean
    • motorized boats site/gasoline dock
    • discharge of waste water
    • discarded waste items near the streams

Community Sites Include:

  • Residential areas
  • Schools
  • Areas where children play
  • Source(s) of drinking water
  • Hunting, fishing, and food gathering sites
  • Emergency facilities