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Environmental Sciences and Hydrology Internet Resources

This page contains links to web sites outside of Tarleton.

The links are provided as a convenience for research.

Tarleton has no control over, and is not responsible for the content found on external sites.

Please contact the subject-specialist librarian if you have research questions, would like library instruction, or have material purchase requests.

Melissa Cookson- Environmental Sciences
Cataloging Department - Office 109J
phone: 254-968-9339
Melissa Cookson
Margie Maxfield Huth- Environmental Engineering
Systems Librarian - Office 250
phone: 254-968-1955
Margie Maxfield
Kym Schow- Environmental & Agricultural Management
Access Services - Office 109C
phone: 254-968-9871
Kym Schow

Help is also available by using the Ask a Librarian page, emailing, calling (254) 968-9249, or coming into the library.

Environmental Sciences/Engineering and Hydrology Subcategories


CUAHSI - The CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System (HIS) is an internet-based system for sharing hydrologic DATA. It is comprised of databases and servers, connected through web services, to client applications, allowing for the publication, discovery and access of data.

Environment Texas - statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.

EPA for Citizen Action - Excellent resources for informing and protecting home, community and workplace.

EPA Terminology Service – A repository of environmental terms, their relationships, definitions, and other relevant information.

Hydrology Technical Group – Site links to information on conferences, data, government, jobs, publications, societies.

Natural Resources Defense Council – A vocal advocate for environmental protection, whose mission is to safeguard the earth.

State, Local and Tribal Climate and Energy Program – Provides technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments for things like policies and initiatives that address climate change, clean energy initiatives, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and more.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – TCEQ is Texas’ version of the EPA. They offer data, maps, reports, rules, licensing requirements, permits, and more!

Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research – TIAER is a multidisciplinary research center at Tarleton whose mission is to shape workable solutions to environmental problems in agriculture.

Texas Water Development Board – TWDB provides leadership in the conservation and responsible development of Water for Texas. Data and reports are available here.

Texas Water Resources Institute – TWRI provides leadership to stimulate priority water resources research throughout Texas. Has reports available online.

US_EPA - Get information for the Environmental Protection Agency, including laws, news, EPA publications, state, local and tribal and much more.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Known for their stewardship of U.S. lands and natural resources. Has information on subjects including contaminants, invasive species, migratory birds, wetlands.

USGS Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area - The USGS strives to understand how the earth works and to anticipate changes in how the earth functions. This is a site focused on these issues.

USGS Publications Warehouse – Source for reports, data (i.e. Water-data reports), etc. from the USGS.

USGS Water Resources of the United States - The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects information needed to understand the Nation's water resources, and provides access to water data, publications, and maps, as well as to recent water projects and events.

U.S. National Weather Service - A department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this outstanding site is organized into six general categories: the current forecast, past weather, safety in extreme weather, information, education, and news. Some of the resources to be found here: Federal Meteorological Handbook I, U.S. Coastal Tide Tables, historic environmental data, climatic data & historical data records, and links to related sites.

Water Quality Information Center - Contains links to online databases related to water and agriculture.

Weather and Climate Data – Includes current conditions, weather forecasts, metropolitan meteograms, short-term climate outlooks, and maximum potential hurricane intensity.

Environmental Organizations and Associations

AAEES – American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Their mission is excellence in the practice of environmental engineering to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare to enable humankind to co-exist in harmony with nature. Has information regarding certifications, careers, education, etc.

ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers.

AWRA – American Water Resources Association. A non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing multidisciplinary water resources education, management and research.

AWWA – American Water Works Association. Provides knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond.

Global NEST –Global Network for Environmental Science and Technology. The Global NEST is an international association whose goal is to support, assist, and influence those who seek to conserve and improve the environment.

Houston Advanced Research Centre - "Seeks to improve decision-making and increase awareness of how science and technology can support and implement sustainability concepts."

IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC was established to provide an objective source of information about climate change by assessing the latest worldwide scientific, technical and socio-economic literature relevant to human-induced climate change.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Strives "to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations." 


Laws & regulations

A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies – Searchable index of government departments and agencies, provided by

Earth and the Environment – provides links to find about the environment where you live. Includes info on preparing for disasters and emergencies, electricity and energy sources, answers to common questions about fuel and energy for homes and vehicles, pollution, and more.

EIA Environment Data – Includes emissions information from the Energy Information Administration.

Guide to Law Online (GLIN) - Created by the US Law Library of Congress. Offers guides to government and legal information for worldwide nations.

Guide to U.S Federal Law - Part of the Guide to Law Online project (GLIN). Offers links to information about US Constitution & legal system, code & federal legislative process, executive agencies & regulations, court & decisions, law reviews, NAFTA, other US law guides, and more.

Historic File of Supreme Court Decisions - This searchable site is part of FedWorld and archives the full text of Supreme Court opinions dating from 1937 through 1975. There are also links to other sites which archive Supreme Court decisions. Legislative Database - Created by the Library of Congress. Includes information about: floor activities - House and Senate, major legislation, bill summaries & status, public laws by law number, and much more.

U. S. Department of State - Created by the State Department. Provides a searchable interface for locating information about the department, public affairs, press releases, current topics and issues, etc.

U. S. Department of State (archive) - Created by the State Department. Offers a permanent electronic archive of information released prior to January 20, 2001.

US EPA Laws & Regulations - Get regulations and proposed rules, codified regulations and legislation.


EnviroLink - Provides up-to-date environmental information and news.

Environment News Network (ENN) - Offers timely environmental news, live chats, interactive quizzes, daily feature stories, forums for debate, audio, video and more.

Environment News Service (ENS) - Cover issues and events that affect the environment: legislation, politics, lawsuits, international agreements, science and technology, public health, drinking water, oceans and marine life, hazardous materials, toxic materials, renewable energy, transportation, and environmental economics.

Reference Sources

Climate and Environmental Sciences Division: Search Projects Database - The Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy.  The CESD "Search Projects Database" feature allows users to search various projects sponsored by the division and find full text of the project reports.

Ecolex - is an information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP.  Its purpose is to build capacity worldwide by providing the most comprehensive possible global source of information on environmental law.

Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment - Developed by the Atmospheric Research and Information Centre. Offers information about over 400 topics related to atmospheric issues: acid rain, air quality, climate, climate change, global warming, sustainability, water quality, and more.

Encyclopedia of Earth - The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The content is presented in a style intended to be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.

Environmental Law Research Guide - Created by Houston Cole Library at Jacksonville State University. Offers citations for specific statutes and regulations, books, journals, case law, standards, etc.

Environmental Policy Studies: Information Resources - Lists and describes resources at Columbia University Libraries and on the Internet, which are useful when researching domestic and international environmental policy issues.

IISD Reporting Services - Provided by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Acts as an electronic clearing-house for information on past and upcoming international meetings elated to environment and development policy.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Goals include: Integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in policy-making at international, regional and national levels, wide-spread adoption of an integrated, cross-sectoral and broadly participatory approach to sustainable development; and measurable progress in the implementation of the goals and targets of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.