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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)


-International Rivers Network , Berkeley CA c95 (1847 Berkeley Way Berkeley, CA 94703 USA phone (510) 848-1155 fax (510) 848-1008 email: mailto:irn@irn.org)" IRN is an organization that is on the forefront in the fight to stop the ongoing construction of hydroelectric, flood control, and irrigation projects. It links human rights with environmental protection...The IRN web site is a global resource for all people who share our concern for protecting and restoring the world's rivers and ensuring respect for the rights of riverine communities. The site provides activists throughout the world with important, in-depth background and current information on river campaigns. You'll also find an overview of our organization, our work and the many resources we have available. " See their online MAPS of: Bakun Dam Project, Malaysia: . Epupa Dam Project, Namibia . Okavango Delta Projects . Paraguay-Paraná Hidrovia Project .

Kootenai River Network, Noxon , MT e95 . (P.O. Box 491, Libby, MT, 59923. tel:(406)293-6934 mailto:matheny@libby.org. Data from the Montana State University Watershed Groups Database) "The mission of the KRN is to involve stakeholders in the protection and restoration of the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Kootenai Basin waters....An extensive Adopt-A-Stream Project was established in 1993 in the Kootenai Basin and has spawned similar programs in surrounding areas, including the Flathead and Bitteroot basins and inBritish Columbia. There are currently 24 active streamkeepers and 4 advisors monitoring 13 streams in the US portion of the Kootenai Basin. Many of the streamkeepers are also teachers using the curriculum in classrooms as well as in streams. A matching grant from EPA was secured to hire a professional facilitator in late 1994 to coordinate and expand KRN efforts. Organizational infrastructure is in place...GIS STATUS: Available data layers: Extensive coverage exists for a variety of features through the USFS including: soils, topography, trails, visuals, vegetation, water, precipitation, wildlife habitat and management units, lookout locations and coverages, management units, recreation, roads, quads, etc. Primary GIS data providers: U.S Forest Service" see also: GIS and Watershed Planning in Montana (By Cathy Maynard, NRCS ) "The past few years have seen the formation of numerous grass-roots organizations based on the concept of watersheds as planning units; and initiated to support and consolidate private, Federal, State and local land use planning efforts. Included among these locally based watershed planning groups are the BitterRoot Water Forum, the Blackfoot Challenge, the Kootenai River Network, the Elk Creek Watershed Council, and over fifty others...the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Region 1 of the US Forest Service, and the Natural Resource Information System program have recently established a cooperative agreement intended to provide GIS support to local watershed planning groups."

Little Miami Inc., Amberley Village , OH e96 . (6040 Price Road, Milford, Ohio 45150-1429 Voice + Fax (513) 965-9344 Email partee@littlemiami.com ) Little Miami, Inc. (LMI) is a non-profit 501c)3 river conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of the Little Miami National & State Scenic River, a Class 1 river flowing 105 miles through the rolling terrain of Southwest Ohio, USA... Little Miami Map : This interactive GIS mapping system can display selective census data (by the US Bureau of the Census Tiger Map site). LINKS section .

Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC), Ma e97 . (56 Island Street, P.O Box 1377, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01842-2577 USA tel:508-681-5777 fax:508-681-9637 email:aaronal@world.std.com ) "working for twenty years "to protect and preserve the Merrimack River watershed for the enjoyment of people, the benefit of its communities, and the health of the ecosystem". Our 1200 member non-profit organization is dedicated to protection and restoration of the 5010 square mile Merrimack River Watershed which spans the central part of New Hampshire and the northeast corner of Massachusetts and encompasses 17 subwatersheds....The Merrimack River Initiative (MRI) was a two-state, multi-agency, multi-stakeholder effort established to protect and manage the Merrimack River watershed in a comprehensive manner. The MRI sought to implement a holistic watershed management approach that integrates water quality and water quality issues, builds a constituency through multi-stakeholder involvement, and incorporates available resource information into the decisions that affect watershed management at all levels of government and in the private sector. " GIS PROGRESS: "We Developed a Water Quality Monitoring data layer and are in the process of developing a data layer that shows all the state designated hazardous waste sites in the Shawsheen River Watershed. Despite Federal, State, Regional and local interests in these data sets, it was MRWC that coordinated the effort to produce these data layers. We also worked with the Sudbury Valley Trustees to update the open space data layer and to teach one of their planners to use ArcView to update the States Open Space Data layer. In addition MRWC has developed a protocol with MassGIS that will easily allow the changes that SVT is making to be incorporated with the Commonwealths Open Space data layer. We are using our GIS to support production of a slide show called Non Point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO). NEMO is a program developed by the University of Connecticut Extension School that uses GIS to educate municipal officials on what and how non-point source pollution affects water quality. Working with the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition, we are also working to provide GIS services to a consortium of Watersheds Associations including introduction to ArcView and watershed specific applications. "

Nashua River Watershed Association, Groton MA cs97 . (592 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450 tel: (978) 448-0299 Fax:(978) 448-0941 E-mail: nrwa@ma.ultranet.com ) "The Nashua River basin encompasses 31 communities in north-central Massachusetts. Within its 538 square miles, nearly 240,000 people live and work..More than 7,500 acres of greenway land along 85 miles of riverbanks throughout the watershed have been permanently conserved. This represents the protection of more than half of the watershed's riverbank miles.." . Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. . Bluebird Recovery Program. LINKS .

Neponset River Watershed Association, Canton MA c97 . (2438 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021 tel:617-575-0354 fax:617-575-9971 email:NepRWA@aol.com) The Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) works to protect and restore the natural resources of the Neponset River Watershed for the use and enjoyment of both present and future generations. Programs: Education and Outreach, Stream Teams, Open Space . See: Locals Receive Environmental Awards from the Gulf of Maine Council : "December 15, 1995 Contact: Anne Donovan (617) 727-9530, x 411 On December 15, the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment announced that the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) and Stephen Greene of the Polaroid Corporation are Environmental Visionary Award winners. These two were recognized for their deep commitment to environmental protection and are among ten Visionary Award Winners selected by the Council. The NepRWA received the award because it serves as an excellent example of a successful urban "adopt a stream program," which focuses on the connection between the health of the river and the sources of contamination from the land uses around the river. The NepRWA established six "Stream Teams" to cover different sections of the river and schools, volunteers, boy scouts, and civic organizations are all actively involved with the Stream Teams. Each Stream Team surveys its section of the river and identifies problems, assets, and priorities for action. They then develop an Action Plan that outlines an approach to address these priority issues. The Stream Teams have accomplished a great deal, including: establishing a water quality monitoring program run by high school students, reducing bacteria counts by 50 percent in a section of the river by repairing a damaged sewer, and increasing community involvement. "

Octoraro Watershed Association, Pa e98 . (100 Ashville Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362 tel:717-529-3108 fax:717-529-2607 GIS Contact: Andrew Phillips, email:ANDREW.PHILLIPS@DOL.NET ) "Formed in 1967, our mission has been to promote the conservation, protection, preservation and restoration of the natural and historic resources of the Octoraro Watershed. We have a membership of 200, including Amish and non-Amish farmers, scientists, government officials, business people, homeowners and sports aficionados. The watershed, which covers 208 mi2 in Pennsylvania and Maryland, is predominantly agricultural, but has the dubious distinction of having the most rapid population growth in the region. The main environmental problem that we face is water quality degradation caused by agricultural runoff and development. "

Oregon Water Trust, Or c95 . (111 SW Naito Parkway, Suite 404, Portland, OR 97204 Phone: 503/226-9055 Fax: 503/226-3480 email: info@owt.org Gis contact: Leslie Bach ) "The Oregon Water Trust (OWT) is a non-profit organization working toward restoring salmon and steelhead in Oregon streams....OWT uses ecological, hydrologic and water rights data to identify priority streams and evaluate potential water right acquisitions...OWT is working on linking stream and fish data to upland watershed parameters such as elevation, slope, soil properties and management activities. The analysis will help us determine those locations that are of potential risk to salmon and steelhead and identify areas that could be improved through increased instream flows. We are interested in using Digital Elevation Model data along with hydrography to delineate longitudinal profiles and stream gradients. This will help us to identify different stream types and better understand the morphology of the stream system...In 1995 OWT received a grant from the Conservation Technology Support Program (CTSP) and received PC ARC/INFO and ArcView from ESRI. This grant enabled OWT to build a strong and successful GIS program. We have used our GIS capabilities to analyze water quality and quantity, map water rights information and display and present data and results. OWT is also committed to performing basic GIS operations and providing maps for a number of Watershed Councils and other environmental non-profits as part of our organization goals. "

Parker River Clean Water Association, Ma e97 . (P.O. Box 798, Byfield, MA 01922, tel:(978) 462-2551, info@Parker-River.org GIS contact: Dr. David Mountain ) "The Parker River Clean Water Association is a community non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the restoration and protection of the waters and environment of the Parker River and Plum Island Sound watersheds." GIS PROJECTS: Gulf of Maine Tidal Study and Users Handbook, Massachusetts Audubon Society Update of Plum Island Sound Monograph, Parker and Little River Water Quality Assessment. On-going Tidal Restriction Research: "An area in which we have been conducting research since the inception of the organization is in the field of identifying road and rail crossings where the physical structure (i.e., the bridge) is to small and in turn creates a tidal restriction. Where these restrictions occur, the up gradient tidal marshes are starved of enough salt water and in turn these marshes are dying. As part of the Gulf of Maine project, the PRCWA has received continuing financing to perform follow up tidal restriction measurements, while also receiving funds to develop a tidal monitoring handbook to be provided to other watershed groups. We have used the GIS to map these locations and to develop graphics for identifying the extent of the restrictions. We plan to continue the use of the GIS as we conduct more research in this area. Our ultimate goal is to develop a time series model of the tidal response throughout the basin using the GIS software. This model will be used as a planning and educational tool to help describe the problem to other groups and organizations. We hope that this model will provide significant value-added from a scientific viewpoint (i.e., allow people to accurately characterize and identify the problem) while also providing a powerful tool for helping to educate the public on the nature of the problem. " Don't Miss their Online Maps Page, including: Area of Critical Enironmental Concern, Land Use, MA House of Representatives Districts, Public Water Supplies, Wetlands, Openspace .


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996

 

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