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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)


Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, Pennington NJ c96 . (31 Titus Mill Road Pennington, NJ 08534 tel:(609) 737-3735 Nature Center:(609) 737-7592 Farm:(609) 737-8899 Fax:(609) 737-3075 mailto:sbmwa@thewatershed.org . alternate url) "Drained by Stony Brook and the Millstone River, this 285-square mile watershed encompasses all or part of twenty-six municipalities in five New Jersey counties. For more than four decades, the Watershed Association has helped see that this resource is used wisely, and that the community's environmental awareness is enhanced through a wide variety of educational programs at its Nature Center and Demonstration Organic Farm." GIS PAGE: So what is GIS anyway? Where does the data come from? What can you do with GIS? . Don't Miss the Online GIS Map Gallery . "The Watershed Association is determined to understand the environmental consequences of development as part of a comprehensive Watershed Management Program. Under this Program, we have embarked on a long-term strategy in part by dividing the watershed into 40 sub-watersheds. For each, we are implementing volunteer programs to monitor and manage the resources. (We have built a network of 350 volunteers to monitor chemical, biological and ecological characteristics throughout the Watershed. We also target projects of stream-bank restoration and reforestation at areas of greatest stress.) Adding to our information network, we import data from available state sources, and incorporate existing and planned resource needs, including the location and extent of roads, housing, and other infrastructure needs. Using GIS, we are becoming the center of efforts to diagram, quantify and understand the consequences of development, both specific projects and in aggregate. At the same time, we are developing information on the economic consequences of a project and what kind of community the citizens should expect after proposed developments takes place....Once the sub-watersheds have been ranked, we will need to identify, mobilize and keep contact with key stakeholders and groups in each area to prioritize and initiate the necessary educational and physical restoration and stabilization work that will need to be done in each area. In each sub-watershed a management group will be convened including representatives from the municipalities, local community groups and educational institutions. This group will work to develop an action plan for the region and to identify planning alternatives, restoration and reforestation needs and educational programs for the sub-watershed. In this second stage GIS will be used to define the areas that need concentrated educational programming and to most efficiently coordinate volunteers, groups and municipalities, as well as to create existing build-out of the areas under present local zoning and reasonable alternative plans for conservation-minded development. ". .SEARCH .

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Fund, Inc., Atlanta GA c97 . (Upper Chattahoochee RiverKeeper, Inc., P.O. Box 1720, Gainesville, GA 30501 tel:770-538-2619 Email: kriverkeeper@mindspring.com) "The Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is an environmental organization dedicated to the protection of the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed. "The education initiative combines monthly activities inside the classroom with field trips to monitor the stream on a watershed basis. Students learn about watershed issues and incorporate science with language arts, social studies, math, and community involvement through mapping activities, and writing to local officials. " see: River Basin Map .GIS STATUS: "Riverkeeper currently has all of the permitted point source discharge (NPDES) data in ArcView (this data was provided by the state of Georgia). The state's database shares a common numeric identifier with our database, which is on Microsoft Access. We plan to link these two together data sources so that information on permit violations will be available to citizens who are interested in finding out the types and volumes of permitted discharges in a certain location and their violation record of those discharges. ...Riparian Restoration and Education Project - We have successfully assembled a set of coverages for the headwaters portion of the basin. These layers include (but are not limited to) streams, trout streams, CERCLA sites, mines, landfills, land use, roads, federal lands and local government boundaries. As part of the Riparian Restoration and Education Project (RIP-REP) we have just completed the implementation of a restoration project on one of our headwater tributaries. The second component of the RIP-REP project is the "road map" for future restoration and protection efforts in the Headwaters area. This road map will both identify future restoration sites and help support watershed planning projects. ...Watershed Planning Demonstration Project - Riverkeeper works with and helps facilitate the formation of subwatershed groups within our larger river basin. We believe that these smaller grassroots, community-based groups are essential to the protection of the river. These groups vary from truly watershed-based groups (i.e. Soque River Watershed Association, Friends of the Dog River) to more activist groups, often stemming from their participation in Riverkeeper's stream monitoring program (i.e. Nancy Creek Network, Troup County Schools). Riverkeeper provides resources and technical assistance to these groups, whenever possible. We have begun to produce maps for watershed groups to help them better view the resources in their watershed and/or to understand the spatial relationship between a series of sampling stations. We've learned mostly that developing a powerful and comprehensive GIS capability takes more time than we had anticipated. Throughout the process of working towards out goals, our biggest challenge has really been one of time or lack thereof. Between responding to hotline calls, patrolling the river, lobbying and speaking at meetings, there doesn't seem to be the big blocks of time required to sit down and "play" with and learn the system intimately. The nature of our job requires that we respond to many issues immediately - when certain policy issues or river spills are pressing, working at the computer sometimes gets placed on the back burner. We understand now that we must allocate and dedicate more time during our planning process to allow us to complete this work in the context of our other duties. We also realize, that there are many more applications for GIS that Riverkeeper wants to use. For instance, we would like to model changes in land cover to predict changes in water temperature as it relates to Georgia's more protective trout stream classification. ... LINKS .

World Resources Institute (WRI ) . Watersheds of the World Project (World Resources Institute 1709 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006 tel: 202/638-6300 fax: 202/638-0036 general email: philip@wri.org ) "This global analysis is based on 15 indicators that characterize watersheds in terms of their ecological value, current condition, and vulnerability to potential degradation from human activities. The available georeferenced global datasets (analysed with GIS software) include such variables as land use, land cover, aridity, forest extent and loss, erosion, endemic bird species distributions, and population." Most of the maps are available for download as PDF documents.

Yuba Watershed Institute, Nevada City CA cm97 . (17790 Tyler Foote Rd. Nevada City CA 95959 (530) 292-9640 (was 478-0817) ywi at oro.net )


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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

 

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