Using GIS maps to support Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant

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The City of Highland Park has an ongoing program to restore
ravines in order to prevent further degradations. Some of the issues
they are addressing are slope failure, exposed sewer pipes, pollution
discharge, and channel scouring. If these are left uncheck the ravines
will continue to degrade, thus threatening the stability of nearby
structures and increasing the amount of debris dumped into Lake
Michigan.

Lack of funding forced the City to reduce the amount of ravine area
restored each year. The City decided to apply for several grants from
the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program. While a written report
is useful, a map of the area is even more valuable. The City Public
Works Engineering Division requested that GIS create some maps for the
report.

Through GIS, the city created a map that showed the topography around
the ravines. Then they added graphics showing existing issues, the
extent of previous projects, and proposed new improvements. Using an
underlying elevation model, the position of items is better understood
in relation to the ravine.

With the help of GIS, the city created maps supported the written
statements of what the city wanted to accomplish with the grants. The
extent of the maps allowed the city to show it’s ongoing commitment to
improve existing ravines and assisting with improving the ecosystem of
Lake Michigan.

Using GIS maps to support Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant

Blog_Using_GIS_maps_to_support.png

The City of Highland Park has an ongoing program to restore
ravines in order to prevent further degradations. Some of the issues
they are addressing are slope failure, exposed sewer pipes, pollution
discharge, and channel scouring. If these are left uncheck the ravines
will continue to degrade, thus threatening the stability of nearby
structures and increasing the amount of debris dumped into Lake
Michigan.

Lack of funding forced the City to reduce the amount of ravine area
restored each year. The City decided to apply for several grants from
the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program. While a written report
is useful, a map of the area is even more valuable. The City Public
Works Engineering Division requested that GIS create some maps for the
report.

Through GIS, the city created a map that showed the topography around
the ravines. Then they added graphics showing existing issues, the
extent of previous projects, and proposed new improvements. Using an
underlying elevation model, the position of items is better understood
in relation to the ravine.

With the help of GIS, the city created maps supported the written
statements of what the city wanted to accomplish with the grants. The
extent of the maps allowed the city to show it’s ongoing commitment to
improve existing ravines and assisting with improving the ecosystem of
Lake Michigan.