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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! (

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,

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, 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.

Get to Know the Raritan River

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Our current project here at IM Rivers, mapping stormwater outfall pipes on the Raritan River, is very important to us.  We are learning about this river everyday with the help of a local organization, the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative. Their website has a wealth of information about the Raritan River including  information about the basin, clean up efforts, sustainable Raritan River action agenda, news and events, pictures, along with a wealth of resources and data.  It is committed groups like these that will save our rivers for future use and recreation.  Check out their website and keep checking back for updates! Photo taken by Dr. Wansoo Im Scott Jablonski, VERTICES Intern

Monitoring and Mapping Storm Water Outfalls on the Raritan River

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Here at IM Rivers we have been working on a new project to protect our local river upon which Rutgers University was built; the Raritan River.  It is a heavily polluted river, but by taking initiative we hope to clean it up so everybody can enjoy its beauty.  After obtaining a GIS shapefile from the Middlesex County Planning Department of outfalls in the county, which I told was a complete database of all storm water outfalls, I noticed that the pipes that I see everyday as part of the Rutgers Crew team were not included in this database.  This motivated us to map them ourselves, which we have just begun.  In our Interactive Map, you can see both the outfalls in the Middlesex County database and the outfalls that we have begun to map on the Raritan River.  In a very short amount of time we were able to map over 25 outfalls which were not in the Planning Departments database!  A special thanks to Rutgers Crew Coach Jon Stephanik for his time and efforts helping us with this project.  Keep checking back to monitor our progress! Scott Jablonski, VERTICES Intern

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

Thornapple River Restoration Project

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The Thornapple River is the major river in the Thornapple River Watershed (TRW), a major subdivision of Grand River Watershed(GRW).  The GRW is the second largest drainage system in the state of Michigan, which flows into Lake Michigan.  The main channel of the Thornapple River is 78 miles long and flows in a general West/NorthWest direction.  The Thornapple River Restoration Project is responding to the environmental concerns after the Nashville Dam on the main channel of the Thornapple was removed, which drained 80 acres of water from its Mill Pond and exposed about 60 acres of floodplain.  With the aid of an interactive map, the work done and the progression of these areas can be documented visually.  This area is part of the Barry Conservation District, one of 80 conservation districts in the state of Michigan. Source: Thornapple River Restoration Project Scott Jablonski, VERTICES intern

Puget Sound project featured on NPR!

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Our project with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, “How Clean is Your Water” was featured on NPR yesterday, June 24. This Project includes five separate interactive maps with varied themes as well as numerous resources and additional information. Congratulations to everyone who worked on the project and helped us achieve such a great result!

Click Here to view and/or listen to the coverage.

Gulf Coast: BP Oil Slick Mapping

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Thanks to an idea given to us by our good friend Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen,  IMRivers has created a site dedicated to marking key points effected by the BP oil spill. With his support and hard work, as well as the hard work of a few dedicated volunteers, we have been able to keep track of the extent of the spill daily as well as provide you with original images from the spill site. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this map site or if you have any relavant data that you would be willing to lend us, please contact Wansoo Im at IM Rivers is also offering to provide any organization or group  interested in doing their own Gulf Coast Oil Spill related map with a free map site.

For more information:

Visit the Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill Map Page

Visit the Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill Website

New Map Capabilities!!

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The IM Rivers staff has been focusing much of our energy on improving the existing Interactive Mapping Application to better suit your needs. Users now have the ability to embed their interactive map directly into and existing website while retaining the Layer Control function provided on the main map site. Check out Chester River Association’s project to see an example of this new capability:

March 2010 Newsletter

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Hi IMRiver friends! I just wanted to share with you a little bit about what we’ve been up to and the projects we’ve been working on lately.

Our Holiday Event

As many of you know, this season we had a special Holiday Event where we gave away one year free IMRivers application licensing. We were overwhelmed bythe number of proposals we received and couldn’t choose just one. In the end decided to create a customized project with the Puget Soundkeeper and to help the rest of the applicants create their own standard interactive maps. While our main project with the Puget Soundkeeper took a little longer than expected, we are proud to say that we are quickly approaching the finish line. We hope to be sharing this new site with you very soon! In the meantime, check out Fraser Riverkeeper’s IMRivers site to see an example of what some of the other applicants have done:

Other Exciting News!

The folks at IMRivers are currently working on upgrading the IM Rivers mapping application to provide users with the ability to create their own variables. With this new capability, you guys will be able to customize the application even further and express your particular data more easily. To see an example of this, visit our Mapping Application for Chatham High School’s Water Quality Project:

If you’re interested in creating your own IMRivers application and site, get in touch with us! We would love to hear your ideas and work with you on a project. Interactive Maps are a great way to engage your community and get them involved in your existing efforts.