Documerica Project

From Flickr:

DOCUMERICA Project by the Environmental Protection Agency

Paper mill outflow

For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.

The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series Documerica (Local ID 412-DA) and included them in Flickr’s online catalog. Their  Web site has quick catalog search links for featured DOCUMERICA topics, locations, and photographers.

Flickr is an amazing service and it just keeps getting better.

Peabody Coal Company

Strip mines in Hopi Territory

Burning Discarded Automobile Batteries (WTF!!!! Anyone that thinks this is okay gets to live downwind.)

The Company Town – working poor was a way of life

Another company town – Homogenous, hideous and shameful.

Paper industry outflow pipe

Industrial waste killing a river – think this is okay? Would you let your kids swim in it??

There’s also a lot of lovely photos so we could see what we were hoping to save.

Go browse – we paid for these. Gee, the common wealth preserving the common heritage… what a concept.