I launched eco-usa.net with the new millennium in January 2000. However, its origins as the local website ecoIndiana date back to May 1996. eco-usa has evolved, in fits and starts, ever since.
I started ecoIndiana after finding a U.S. EPA document that contained brief descriptions of Indiana's Superfund sites. I thought that information should be on the web, and as I could not find it there, I decided to post it myself. With time that spiraled out of control into Superfund site directories for the entire country.
Then I discovered that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published a whole series of volumes called toxicological profiles. Each volume contained an in-depth treatment of various aspects related to a particular chemical or group of chemicals, including environmental fate and transport, metabolism, health effects, and other characteristics.
My original plan was to link to these documents on the ATSDR website, but if ATSDR had a website in those days, I couldn't find it. So I undertook the laborious task of typing up, by hand, the first chapter of about a hundred of the toxicological profiles and posting them on the web. Of course ATSDR now has their own website, but I believe that I posted some of that information first.
Next up was an environmental organizations directory. As before, I started with Indiana - a task that didn't take a great deal of time. Then came requests to include groups in neighboring states, and before I knew it I had a directory that encompassed the rest of the country.
Other projects (for example, profiles of plant and animal species) have come and gone. More than ever, time is short, and many responsibilities beckon. We'll see how it goes.
I hope that you enjoy your visit. If you have questions or want to get in touch, please don't hesitate.