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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Chemistry, Biology, Health

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Data
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin


PDF, Microsoft Excel

Historical Air Emissions Information

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  • This state-specific database gives access to air emissions data, interactive maps, and general information for air pollution in Wisconsin.
  • There are separate tabs for each pollutant, statewide data, and annual summaries included.
  • Students can learn about statewide emissions from 2012 to 2021, annual emissions produced by specific facilities within Wisconsin, and the breathing issues that nitrogen dioxide can cause.
Teaching Tips


  • The tabs make it easy to navigate and the abbreviations are clearly defined.
  • The instructions for using the interactive map are easy to follow.

Additional Prerequisites

  • When you click "Go" on the Air Management Program permit search tool, be patient because results take a while to load.
  • When using the Air Management Data Viewer, make sure to read the User Tips and Terms of Use.


  • This webpage could enhance a lesson about fossil fuel emissions and how they impact Earth's climate.
  • This webpage could supplement a lesson about the carbon cycle and how carbon dioxide emissions impact this cycle.
  • This webpage could augment a classroom discussion on environmental inequality and the groups that are most likely to deal with air pollution.
  • This webpage could support a lesson about particulate matter and how it can impact personal health.
  • Chemistry classes could use this resource to support a lesson or unit about combustion, chemical reactions, exergonic reactions, or the properties of atoms and molecules.
Scientist Notes
This website from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides a wealth of information about the historical air emissions around the state. The data provided includes annual emissions summaries over 29 years (1995-2021) and graphs and spreadsheets by city, county, and facility are provided from 2012 - 2021. Links are provided to data for annual summaries and statewide data. A link to Wisconsin's Air Management Data Viewer is also provided, where permits and permit applications for different emissions sources can be searched. The raw data provided would enable any class to dive into what information can be obtained through data management, processing, and forecasting. The graphs provided would allow classroom discussion on trends that are evident and how these trends relate to climate change. This website would be a great resource for any classroom discussion on data analytics as well as a discussion on climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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