EIM is not a commercial system. A contractor built the first system for us in 1997. Dedicated in-house core staff maintains and improves it. EIM continues to grow and adapt in response to changing needs.
"Washington Department of Ecology (2019, or whatever year you downloaded the data). Environmental Information Management System (http://www.ecology.wa.gov/eim/).”
List the Study ID(s) and Study Name(s) from which you used data.
Yes. EIM includes this with all data downloads from EIM Search:
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Data Reliability Statement: Ecology's EIM system contains metadata for the estimation of data quality. The environmental data stored in EIM is both current and historical - and internally and externally derived.
Historical data has been collected under a wide variety of geopositioning, sampling, analytical, and quality assurance regimes. For some of the historical data, particularly data collected before 1975, there is no formal quality assurance. For some pre-1980 data and some sediment data, the analytical method used to generate data is undocumented.
For externally derived data, EIM staff depend on estimations of data quality provided by the Ecology Partner. In some cases, there is inadequate information to ensure a robust data quality determination. In all cases, we use best professional judgment for our data quality estimation.
When searching by Taxa or Parameter Groups, note that these groups might not contain all of the requisite records, and some records could erroneously be in a group. Exercise caution when using these groups to search.
EIM users should be aware of these conditions. It is your responsibility to determine the suitability of this data for your intended use. Please use data from this site with caution.
EIM is generally for environmental samples, but what is accepted is always changing. Download the help document "Data Types Not Entered Into EIM" for more detailed information.
Note, as a general rule we don't enter data into EIM which is already publicly available in other databases.
We accept data from organizations we are already working with at Ecology. This includes cleanup sites, sediment monitoring, landfill groundwater monitoring, water quality grants, NPDES receiving water studies, and certain stormwater monitoring. The EIM submittal requirement is written into the agreements for these types of projects. We also accept water quality monitoring data for the Clean Water Act Water Quality Assessment (303d). This is the only type of data where an agreement with Ecology is not needed to submit it.
To submit data to EIM you must have an EIM account. Information on how to apply for an account can be found here: http://ecology.wa.gov/Research-Data/Data-resources/Environmental-Information-Management-database/EIM-submit-data.
Volunteer/student collected data is generally not accepted.
The Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) has two different programs, PTAP (Petroleum Technical Assistance Program) and HOTAP (Heating Oil Technical Assistance Program). Data from PTAP goes into EIM whereas data from HOTAP doesn’t.
Your data goes into a holding area and is stored as what we call a "batch". An EIM Data Coordinator will review the batch to make sure it is compatible with the various database rules of EIM. The time it takes for a Data Coordinator to review your batch varies by project, workload, and staffing levels. It may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before we can review your data. Please note that data are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, therefore, coordinators cannot honor requests for priority review from external submitters. It is not uncommon for the Data Coordinator to find edits that are required before the data can be loaded into EIM. If edits are needed, your Data Coordinator will contact you. You will then make the edits to your original template and resubmit it to EIM. When your batch passes review, the Data Coordinator will load it to EIM and send an email notification of data load to you and to the Ecology manager who is assigned to the site or grant, if one applies.
Ask for an EIM EDD (electronic data deliverable). Many labs provide them. You save time because your data come pre-formatted for the EIM Result Template. Fill in a few additional fields, then upload your template to the EIM Loader. Another benefit - fewer copy-paste errors. The EIM Result Help has color coding for labs indicating the minimum fields that should be populated for clients.
We add measuring points for cases like re-surveys of well monuments and conversions of above-ground monuments to flush-mounted ones. New measuring points will not affect data already in EIM. Contact your EIM Data Coordinator to add it to EIM. Provide the following information:
• New measuring point (MP) or top of casing (TOC) ID (for example, TOC2)
• MP or TOC description
• MP or TOC start date
• MP or TOC elevation
• MP or TOC units
• Elevation accuracy
• Elevation collection method
• Elevation datum (NAVD88)
Use the new measuring point for your new data.
Your data might be pit water or from a spring/seep. Pit water refers to standing water at the bottom of an excavation pit or trench. Pit water may be composed of pooled surface water runoff, groundwater seepage, or both. Download help for Pit Water Data.
A spring is where groundwater discharges to land surface or to a surface water body at a well-defined point or points. Seeps differ from springs by not having well-defined point(s) of discharge and usually have very low flow. Download help for Spring and Seep Data.
Yes, you need to submit pre-remediation soil sample results to EIM. The data are important to characterize the history of contamination at the site. You may choose to indicate that the samples were excavated in the Field Collection Comment field in Results. Contact your TCP site manager to see how far back the data should go.
If this doesn't work, contact us for help.
6 million/6GB (sum of records in all the download files, including Studies, Locations, Well Locations, Well Measuring Point, (Discrete) Results, Bioassay, Time Series results, Summarized Time Series results, Water Column Profile results, and Summarized Water Column Profile results).
If the download is too big, EIM will not let you proceed past the download screen. You can either uncheck individual files to reduce the size of your download or go back and refine your search.
Downloads up to 50,000 records process immediately. Downloads over 50,000 records process every 2 hours.