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The Assistance Gateway addresses a need expressed by local governments and tribes to gain easy access to decision-making tools and resources to improve environmental infrastructure, compliance, critical assets, health, and sustainability. The Assistance Gateway and the host-customizable “Gateway for Community Assistance” will help the regulated community make informed decisions, save staff time and money, and provide improved service to citizens. The tool is hosted on the E-Enterprise Portal.

BENEFITS                              

  • Helps local and tribal leaders gain easy access to environmental requirements and tools; and
  • Builds technical, managerial, and financial capacity to achieve and maintain environmental compliance and improve community sustainability and infrastructure resilience.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The Assistance Gateway comprises more than 250 resources on topics such as: redevelopment; cleanup; alternative energy; emerging technologies, air quality; waste management; natural disasters; stormwater; water quality; grants; drinking water; and climate resilience.

The tool includes a second highly configurable application developed for adoption by states and tribes by the Missouri Agency of Natural Resources called the Gateway for Community Assistance. New host agencies can adopt the application and customize it to suit their own needs. Key features include access to resources that match user interests, an extensive searchable resource catalog, announcements, and an assistance wizard that returns custom recommendations based on a user’s responses to a set of questions.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

The project team plans to integrate additional tribal and state resources, explore opportunities to “crowd-source” tools and resources, and include tools and resources from U.S. EPA’s Compliance Assistance Centers into the Assistance Gateway.

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