You can learn a lot about your community, state and country. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
Each week the Missourian will feature another open record. This week:
The records: The Environmental Protection Agency provides an interactive map with information about a number of local environmental factors, including air quality, pollutant levels and the UV index.
Why you'd want them: You can find out how badly you might burn in the sun today, where to find pollution cleanups in the area, or even environmental reports on individual businesses and government buildings.
How much will it cost: The information is free.