Area GIS Technician for Targeting BMPs
Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014
Funds will be used to hire a GIS technician.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
South Central Technical Service Area (SCTSA) will use this Clean Water Fund grant to provide Soil and Water Conservation Districts and other local organizations in its eleven-county area with a Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician to assist in using available GIS information to target specific locations where Best Management Practices (BMPs) can be installed to help improve water quality. The GIS Technician will help to identify potential project locations, prioritize projects based on projected outcomes, and assist SCTSA and SWCD staff in preparing cost estimates and answering landowner questions. The GIS Technician will also be available to assist SCTSA staff in collecting survey data at sites, preparing construction plans, and overseeing construction of BMPs.
In addition, GPS equipment will be purchased to increase capacity to survey, design and inspect the construction of additional BMPs. The GPS survey equipment will allow one staff to collect site survey information instead of two. By allowing wider use of LiDAR data, the GPS survey equipment will also help increase the efficiency of the design process by correlating with LiDAR elevation data, allowing more practices to be designed.