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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!!!

Check Out Cahaba River Society’s “The Cahaba Blue Trail” map!

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IMRivers has been involved with many different projects over the years, but have you checked out Cahaba River Society’s “The Cahaba Blue Trail” map? This interactive map was created in 2007 and can not only help users plan out exciting outings in the area, but it can also help track sites of water pollution and send collected data to interested agencies. The site is still up and running so you can check out all of these great features at http://www.imrivers.com/cahaba or http://www.cahabariversociety.org!   cahaba Do you need an online map to show your own river trail or other trails? Talk to us to incorporate web/mobile-based interactive maps for your next project! All information can be updated by you and volunteers, and for further convenience, the same data can be accessed via both web and mobile phones with GPS functions. With Summer coming to an end, enjoy the rest of your days before the cold weather sets in and don’t forget to follow IMRivers on its great projects and initiatives!

Join River Network’s Mission!

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Are you among the lucky ones who recently got a Rain Barrel Registry postcard from the River Network?  The wonderful message prints, “Join the effort to create a worldwide inventory of rain barrels,” because the River Network eagerly invites you to help harvest your storm water! imrivers IMRivers would love your participation to help the River Network achieve its mission.  You can easily help by visiting  http://www.rainbarrelregistry.com  and registering any Rain Barrel locations you may find. You can also send us any data you may have collected regarding Rain Barrels, and we can add and update the information for you onto the Rain Barrel Registry. Once you visit the Rain Barrel Registry, you will find some great new features that highlight the data. You can click the “Layers” button on the interactive map and view interesting map layers that reveal information about impervious surfaces, land use and land cover, weather radar, and wind conditions. After adding the location of your Rain Barrel, you can see how the conditions shown by the layers might affect your area or you can use that information to even see when you may have rain!

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! (http://www.mapplerk.com/sfbioblitz)

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 :

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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, IMRIVERS.org.

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 http://www.rivermaps.org, 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.