June 01, 2013

Using Aerial Photography, Geospatial Data, and GIS to Support the Enforcement of Environmental Statutes

Peter Stokely

Aerial photography interpretation combined with geospatial or other “collateral” data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis are established and litigation-tested tools used to support the investigation and enforcement of environmental laws and regulation. Two laws discussed in this article, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9601–9675, and the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq., provide for the protection of environmental or human health from pollution originating from fixed geographic locations, and are well suited to be supported using aerial photography interpretation, geospatial data, and global information systems (GIS).

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