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/

Barry Conservation District

VERTICES, LLC. has partnered with the Barry Conservation District (Barry CD) to create a Thornapple interactive map (below), which displays various layers of information of the Thornapple River Watershed, including the Watershed Management Areas (WMA), land use and hydrography of the watershed.  This visual representation of information allows for a detailed analysis of the site to determine the pollution levels of the water. For more information about the project, visit www.barrycd.org The full map can be viewed here

Rain Barrel Registry

By capturing rainwater, rain barrels encourage water conservation and help reduce stormwater pollution. The Rain Barrel Registry will showcase the many thousands of rain barrels now in use around the US and provide incentive for more people and communities to get involved and make a difference. This app and interactive website were developed in partnership with River Network and IMRivers by Vertices, powered by Mappler. Visit http://www.imrivers.org/rainbarrelinfo/ for more information Rituparna Ganguly, Research Assistant at VERTICES, ritu@vertices.com

Growing Food Demand Strains Energy, Water Supplies

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Groundwater tables have fallen precipitously, 600 feet below the ground in some places, requiring even more powerful pumps to bring water to the surface. Over-consumption has taxed the power grid, constraining the electricity available for others. Many countries that rely on farming are unstable because because of the relationship between energy and groundwater. A man irrigates his field with an electric water pump east of Gauhati, in northern India. Excessive water pumping has strained both water and energy supplies in India, China and other hot spots around the world. Read the full article here Source: The National Geographic Rituparna Ganguly, Research Assistant at VERTICES, ritu@vertices.com

A Long-Dry California River Gets, and Gives, New Life

One of the largest river-restoration projects has begun to the Owens River in Los Angeles, California. Read article here Rituparna Ganguly, Research Assistant at VERTICES, ritu@vertices.com