Drainage Records Modernization and Statewide Geographic Information System Database

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
Board of Water and Soil Resources
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2017
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 05c
Appropriation Language

$230,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to develop a template and Web-based geographic information system (GIS) database portal to facilitate statewide modernization of public drainage records under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103E, and integrate new specifications into existing drainage records modernization guidelines. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2017, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$230,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.3
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

There are currently more than 21,000 miles of drainage ditches and many thousands of miles of subsurface tile located throughout Minnesota and overseen by over 100 different local drainage authorities. Historically public records of these drainage systems have been maintained primarily in hard copy following differing protocols depending on local requirements. However, this antiquated approach limits the usability and accessibility of public drainage records creating various challenges for drainage management efforts. Modernizing drainage records involves creating and cataloguing electronic copies of the records. While many drainage authorizes have begun at least some level of modernization, there is still much work to be done. The Board of Water and Soil Resources is using this appropriation to establish a standardized information system to house public drainage records in a consistent manner that integrates the data with overall statewide GIS data. The system will facilitate increased accessibility and usability to drainage records and benefit water planning, modeling, and management efforts.

Project Manager
First Name
Tim
Last Name
Gillette
Organization Name
Board of Water and Soil Resources
Street Address
520 Lafayette Rd
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 297-8287
Email
tim.gillette@state.mn.us