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Records/CAR Analysis

Poisoned Waters: http://www.ire.org/extraextra/environment/poisoned-waters/
Story in The Washington Post

This story incorporated computer-assisted reporting through its use of online government databases. The U.S. Geological Survey databases were used for statistics on chemicals found in waterways and their prevalence within drinking water. The U.S. Department of Agriculture databases were used in order to locate areas where pollution was high because of agricultural runoff. These two sources advanced the story into one that is much more fact-based. Without this information and the locating functions of these sources, the story would not have advanced itself into something larger than a discussion on the the Chesapeake Bay and the Puget Sound. The studies on the water quality made it a much more newsworthy story.