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.

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“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

$250,000 in NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program

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Deadline : May 5, 2014

NOAA Sea Grant is accepting applications for new FY 2014 marine aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture.

Topical priorities for this FY 2014 competition are, briefly:

  1. Research to inform pending, regulatory decisions on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product– such as a tool, technology, template, or model– needed to make final decisions on a specific question regarding impacts of aquaculture
  2. Public-private research partnerships that address specific, current problems that limit a steady supply of marine or Great Lakes fingerlings
  3. Social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context. Applicants must describe how their proposed work will rapidly and significantly advance U.S. marine aquaculture development in the short-term (1-2 years after project completion).

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on application and criteria for aquaculture research proposals requesting a maximum of $500,000 in total federal funding for up to a two-year period. Matching funds are required. Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2014. Additional proposals from this competition may be selected for funding in the next fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds.

For general questions, e-mail oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov

View at Grants.gov

Locate Potholes for Timely Management and Maintenance

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With the onslaught of snow and the weary winter weather, numerous potholes are popping up everywhere on roads and highways. Recently, there have been increasing reports of potholes. Potholes have even been causing many drivers to be stranded on roads and highways in the icy weather with flat tires. Potholes are also a potential cause of automobile accidents, traffic problems, and other types of car damage. Drivers are unaware of presence of potholes and danger that they are facing. pothole To better inform municipal governments and other drivers unaware of the presence and dangers of potholes, we have created a community map that can be accessed by the mobile web or via the Mappler app. There are two maps; for users in New Jersey and New York City. Community members can log details for potholes such as location, size, depth, width and approximate location of the pothole on the road. This information can be used by municipal governments to get to working on patching up the potholes and start easing road hazards. Please help us spread the word to get as many participants as possible! Share links NJ Potholes: http://mappler.net/njpothole NYC Potholes: http://mappler.net/nycpothole For more information, contact Wansoo Im at gis@vertices.com or (732) 418-9135.

Interactive Environmental Health Mapping Using Online Mapping Tools

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Online mapping is an extremely useful tool for conveying geographic information. It’s capability to be largely public and community based is largely what makes it so powerful. Organizations can create beautiful and informative maps with existing data as a way of conveying a message to a community. Online mapping can also be much more broad, showing national or worldwide trends in data. A brilliant example of an online community-based mapping website is Mappler. This site gives the user the ability to either add GPS point data at their location with attribute data of the individual’s location, through the mobile app MapplerK, or previously acquired data in the form of points, lines, polygons and raster data sets. Sites like this are very versatile and can be applied to any field from ecology, to the environment, to health care, to planning and asset inventory. Mapping is in the hands of the user(s). envhealth The screenshot above is an example of what online mapping sites can do. This site is one created using Mappler, and shows the correlation between environmental and human health. The map can be viewed at http://www.mappler.net/envhealth/.   For more information on the Mappler site, visit the hompage at http://mappler.net/. Colin Munro, Intern gis@vertices.com

Apply for the EPA Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreements Program

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“The goal of our Environmental Justice Team is to ensure that all people are protected from disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards. Environmental Justice is about real people facing real problems and designing practical solutions to address challenging environmental issues. The environmental justice movement advocates programs that promote environmental protection within the context of sustainable development.” -EPA, Environmental Justice website. epa-ej The EPA is looking to make further progress in their ongoing goal to incorporate environmental justice into EPA programs. In doing so, they are taking applications for the 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. Awards will be made in amounts of $120,000 per award for a 2-year period, for deserving applicants involved in projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2014. Any potential applicants who are interested in using mapping should think about using Mappler! For more information, check out the EPA website and grant guidelines. Source: http://www.epa.gov/region06/6dra/oejta/ej/index.html Colin Munro, Intern gis@vertices.com

Grant Opportunity!

EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Request for Applications:
National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research

URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_star_sustainable-water.html

Open Date: 01/13/2014 – Close Date: 03/10/2014


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the posting of the Request for Applications (RFA), National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research.  The RFA goal is to fund a National Center focused on novel research, community support, and model development related to sustainable water infrastructure. The funded Center will facilitate the technology transfer of open source (shared, common platform) water infrastructure models. It will also seek to share green infrastructure tools and research methods with local communities and key stakeholders.

The objective of this solicitation is to establish a Center that features three critical core components to the advancement of sustainable water models and research. The three aspects that must be considered include:
  • Novel research that engages water models, modelers and users
  • Community support and outreach that trains the global community
  • Model and code development that supports freely available software
Protecting our nation’s water resources is one of EPA’s top priorities. EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program is designed to provide the science and innovative technologies needed to protect our nation’s water resources. Significant threats to our resources include factors such as increased demand, changing land uses, aging water infrastructure and climate change/ variability. In facing these threats, the SSWR Program focuses on two main areas: ensuring water quality and availability, and promoting a sustainable water infrastructure. Through the SSWR program, EPA continues to respond to today’s challenges by addressing the nation’s highest science priorities.

Maryland Restoration App

IMRivers’ latest version of the Maryland Restoration App, a mobile- and web-based app used by Maryland  Department of Natural Resources (MDDNR) and various partners to document numerous restoration projects, was featured in this month’s Coast Services Magazine.  The article outlines the various ways the app is being used to help restoration partners log projects, such as providing field data, photographs, site locations and conditions. Read the full article here:  Coast Services Magazine- August/September 2013 Issue

Trail maps that raise awareness and revenue.

Check out IMRiver’s latest pilot project that maps the Delaware & Raritan Canal and its surrounding areas. This interactive map highlights access points to trails and recreation areas along the canal, as well as retail, restaurants, lodging and other local businesses. Visitors easily plan and navigate their visits through the mobile app. Including local businesses such as hotels and shops gives townships or organizations an exciting new way to raise funding to create and maintain tourism or conservation programs. Such collaboration also enhances the quality of local relationships and helps build a sense of dynamic community.

‘Mapps,’ our interactive maps that come with their own mobile apps.

IMRivers uses Mappler technology to provide customized solutions for creating interactive maps of watershed communities, and turn them into independent apps, or ‘Mapps.’ You can create a Mapp that includes all the details of your environmental conservation community, as well as incorporate businesses and attractions for municipal/tourism purposes. Our Mapps run on mobile devices as well as the web, making the information highly accessible and visible to the target audience and the public at large.

River Network Interactive Map

Our latest interactive map, using Mappler X technology was featured by River Network.  This map allows users to find River Network partners, locate a nearby Water Group, view data on teal-time stream flows, observe local watersheds, and more! More information about the map can be found here. http://mapplerx.com/map/rivernetwork/