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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.

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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.”

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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!!!

Community Involvement Tool

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Here at IMRivers, we recognize how important community involvement can be in maintaining the health of our waterways.  We developed an interactive map called North Carolina Muddy Water Watch, which allows concerned citizens to post pictures and descriptions of violations they witnessed that could have a negative effect upon the health of surrounding waterways.  Many of these violations go unnoticed by regulatory agencies, but with the help of our interactive mapping services and a handful of concerned citizens, these violations can be made public for all to see and the situation can be dealt with accordingly. Scott Jablonski, VERTICES Intern