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
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
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
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.
Scott Jablonski, VERTICES intern
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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:
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: http://www.imrivers.com/fraserriver
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.
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