Watershed maps to be thankful for this year

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so I thought I’d share some of the recent exciting mapping projects I am thankful to be a part of!

Last week, I visited Cordova, Alaska to work with Native Village of Eyak (NVE).  I have been working on a project of identifying the change of Glacier Terminus of Sheridan Glacier  (http://www.mappler.net/sheridan).   We are expanding these efforts to 3 additional glaciers.  The Village is also creating an interactive mapping site to map marine debris near Prince William Sound area  (http://m3.mappler.net/nvemarinedebri), where volunteers or field crews can find marine debris and map using smartphones.


Also guess whom I met?  I met Kate Morse, a program director of Copper River Watershed Project.  They are launching a project called “Salmon Blitz” that engages citizen scientists in documenting salmon habitat in the Copper River watershed. (http://m3.mappler.net/salmonblitz).  Here’s what Katie had to say about our collaboration.

“Wansoo helped us to create a web-based platform for our Salmon Blitz citizen scientists to enter their data collected during fish surveys throughout the Copper River watershed.  Through this easy to use and manage website, participants will be able to share photos and data about the fish they have caught and the streams they explored as well as see data and photos collected by other citizen scientists from other parts of the watershed. This tool is going to help connect people across a vast and wild landscape and show how their data is contributing to a larger habitat assessment effort.”


You can also get detail information about the project from following link.  (http://copperriver.org/programs/fish-habitat-restoration/salmon-blitz)

Next week, our new pollution monitoring application for Galveston Bay Foundation will launch! I’ll tell you about it when we come back from the holiday.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

EPA is Now Accepting Proposals for the 2014 Environmental Education Grants Program

IMRivers can be a great way to use for Environmental Eucation!!!

“Proposals for the initial stage of the 2014 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program are now being accepted. This year, EPA intends to issue two Requests for Proposals (RFP) under the EE Grants Program; the EE Model Grants RFP is now available for viewing. Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded under this RFP.

Under the EE Model Grants RFP, EPA seeks grant proposals to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period.

EPA anticipates releasing an additional RFP under the 2014 EE Grants Program in early winter, for local grants that will be awarded by EPA regional offices. Visit the 2014 EE Grants Program webpage for details on how to apply.”  - from Environmental Justice Mailing List

Check Out Cahaba River Society’s “The Cahaba Blue Trail” map!

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IMRivers has been involved with many different projects over the years, but have you checked out Cahaba River Society’s “The Cahaba Blue Trail” map? This interactive map was created in 2007 and can not only help users plan out exciting outings in the area, but it can also help track sites of water pollution and send collected data to interested agencies. The site is still up and running so you can check out all of these great features at http://www.imrivers.com/cahaba or http://www.cahabariversociety.org!   cahaba Do you need an online map to show your own river trail or other trails? Talk to us to incorporate web/mobile-based interactive maps for your next project! All information can be updated by you and volunteers, and for further convenience, the same data can be accessed via both web and mobile phones with GPS functions. With Summer coming to an end, enjoy the rest of your days before the cold weather sets in and don’t forget to follow IMRivers on its great projects and initiatives!

Join River Network’s Mission!

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Are you among the lucky ones who recently got a Rain Barrel Registry postcard from the River Network?  The wonderful message prints, “Join the effort to create a worldwide inventory of rain barrels,” because the River Network eagerly invites you to help harvest your storm water! imrivers IMRivers would love your participation to help the River Network achieve its mission.  You can easily help by visiting  http://www.rainbarrelregistry.com  and registering any Rain Barrel locations you may find. You can also send us any data you may have collected regarding Rain Barrels, and we can add and update the information for you onto the Rain Barrel Registry. Once you visit the Rain Barrel Registry, you will find some great new features that highlight the data. You can click the “Layers” button on the interactive map and view interesting map layers that reveal information about impervious surfaces, land use and land cover, weather radar, and wind conditions. After adding the location of your Rain Barrel, you can see how the conditions shown by the layers might affect your area or you can use that information to even see when you may have rain!

BioBlitz Going International!

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I can’t believe it’s been a month since 2014 River Rally! IMRivers has been a proud sponsor over the years, and I didn’t want to miss it for the world. So I cut my trip to S. Korea short and flew nearly 24 hours from Seoul to Narita to Newark and finally to Pittsburgh. It was quite a journey, but I was extremely happy to catch up with my riverkeeper friends and meet amazing new people.

We at IMRivers are committed to providing GIS services and interactive mapping solutions to our partners. The platform we’ve developed over the years is being used for a variety of fields in different countries. Right now, it is being used for a project called BioBlitz in Seoul Forest! (http://www.mapplerk.com/sfbioblitz)

BioBlitz — Learning about Biodiversity through Mapping

BioBlitz is a special event where participants go out and survey surrounding living organisms within an incredibly focused period of time to create a biodiversity inventory of an area. For this global initiative, IMRivers has created an interactive mobile application to uniquely allow participants to easily create a visual map of the local species that they have found, along with photos and other multimedia. Take a look at the map :


Maryland’s Anne Arundel County has already taken advantage of the BioBlitz application’s unique benefits by incorporating the technology into the current biodiversity educational curriculum.

Using interactive mapping is a great way to make environmental education experiences more meaningful and engaging. Talk to us today and let’s explore new possibilities through mapping. E-mail us or visit our redesigned website, IMRIVERS.org.

River Rally 2014 is only two weeks away!

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If you are not yet familiar, River Rally is a friendly gathering of over 750 river/watershed advocates with workshops, lectures, tours, and various opportunities for networking and learning. IMRivers will be joining everyone as a partner, and right now we’re busy preparing a couple of Crowd-Mapping applications to showcase at the rally. What are they?  
  • Where Are We From? A live map of where all Rally participants are hailing from.
  • Clean River Map Interactive mapping tool where everyone can map their organization’s cleanup projects. With rivers/watershed highlighted, this map will become a visual outline of everyone’s efforts that can be used as a reference/assessment tool year-round.
  • Rain Barrel Registry A participatory mapping tool offering a visual inventory of rain barrels used for small-scale rain harvesting.
  River Network Interactive Map with weather radar data. Also, be sure to check out http://www.rivermaps.org, where you can locate River Network partners, find water groups near you, get real-time stream flow data, and more! This map also runs on Mappler platform provided by IMRivers. Now, you can even browse land use/land cover data from USGS as well as real-time weather radar data from NOAA. As you will see on River Network’s map and when we meet you in person at River Rally 2014, these maps are capable of overlaying almost any existing GIS data on top of community-collected data uploaded with smartphones and tablets. Using mobile mapping with GIS layers powerfully brings grassroots preservation efforts and big data together in a visually coherent way.

Discovering the nature and community made easy — Hunterdon Land Trust Interactive Map

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Hunterdon Land Trust wanted to find a creative way for initiating civic engagement in their mission to ‘preserve and protect the rural character and natural resources of Hunterdon County.’ It turned out Participatory Mapping was the perfect solution for creating a hands-on experience of discovering the area’s natural and community resources.


Navigating trail information with Topographic map overlay enabled.


Built on Mappler technology, Hunterdon Land Trust Interactive Map highlights preserved properties, trails and access points, community conservation values and current projects in the area. Community members can post site-specific information and pictures using a smartphone app. The increased accessibility of data strengthens existing contributors’ efforts as well as attracts new visitors to the preserves.

Visit the Interactive Map site 

Mappler technology makes it simple to create interactive maps with unique overlays and customizing surveys for collecting new data through mobile and desktop users.


Apply now for $1,000,000 in National Coastal Wetlands Conservation

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The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program is providing states with financial assistance on projects that help promote long-term conservation of coastal wetlands.

Deadline : Jun 27, 2014

Coastal wetlands are valued because they protect against flooding, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife. Coastal environments are also important economically, generating billions of dollars annually through such industries as commercial fishing and tourism. The NCWCGP provides States with financial assistance to protect and restore these valuable resources.

Projects can include (1) acquisition of a real property interest (e.g., conservation easement or fee title) in coastal lands or waters (coastal wetlands ecosystems) from willing sellers or partners for long‐term conservation or (2) restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems.

All projects must ensure long‐term conservation. Examples of restoration efforts that may be funded include: – Restoring wetland hydrology by plugging drainage ditches, breaking tile drainage systems, installing water control structures, dike construction, or re‐establishing historic connections with waterways, or – Planting native vegetation and/or removing invasive plants and animals that compete with native fish and wildlife and alter native habitats. We rank applications based on criteria published in 50 CFR 84.32.

The original notice (PDF) : http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/CW/2015NOFA.pdf

Source : http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250335

Raindrops Fill Barrels, and Barrels Fill a Map.

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Rain barrels are amazing — they capture, store and discharge rainwater that otherwise would flow off a roof, through gutters and downspouts/rain chains and become runoff. River Network partnered with IMRivers to create the Rain Barrel Registry (http://www.rainbarrelregistry.com/), a participatory mapping tool offering a visual inventory of rain barrels used for small-scale rain harvesting.

IMRivers’ interactive mapping solution makes Rain Barrel information readily available to public policy makers, educators, and the public. Anybody can register their own rain barrels on the website, on mobile web, and on MapplerK app. After uploading a photo and completing a short survey, users can view other rain barrel clusters in the community and around the country, and see results from the survey in real time. Interested in rain harvesting but don’t own a rain barrel? Don’t worry! We have all the details on getting started on our site.

The Rain Barrel map is also overlaid with rich GIS layers, such as weather radar data or land use/land cover data as shown below.

BioBlitz — Learning about biodiversity through mapping

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools used IMRivers’ Mappler platform to execute a two-day environmental mapping event ‘BioBlitz’ for students. While collecting information about their surroundings on smartphones and tablets, students not only became experts in identifying and mapping birds, land animals, and trees, but were challenged to measure the area’s biodiversity and think critically about potential positive or negative influences. BioBlitz program has been a great success and is now a part of the county public schools’ environmental education curriculum.


“Our project provided an engaging and authentic environmental exploration opportunity that allowed students to participate in true citizen science while using advanced technologies to support 21st Century educational goals,” says Deborah Albert, the Coordinator of Career & Technology Education.

Visit the BioBlitz website