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ICF (Fairfax, Va.) for leveraging the power of the web and open source libraries to develop a suite of innovative natural resource management tools. The Environmental Data Viewer, built for and in partnership with the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), went live in 2016 providing a powerful online tool for evaluating potential transmission line corridors and formulating alternatives that minimize adverse impacts and optimize mitigation costs. This interactive planning and analysis platform allows a user to draw a hypothetical transmission line corridor directly onto a map and tabulates the sensitive environmental resources within the corridor footprint. The Environmental Data Viewer is a tool to improve transmission corridor planning that assesses environmental risk within the hypothetical corridor using a composite risk class layer and generates capital construction and environmental mitigation costs estimates from integrated economic data.