GIS aiding transportation planning

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​Being that Riverside, IL is located in the Chicago Metropolitan area
there are many modes of transit available to the general population in
addition to the traditional ones such as bike and bus routes. The
Geographic Information System (GIS) staff has consolidated transit
information to assist transportation planning efforts in The Village.
The data is available to village staff in their interactive mapping
application giving them a quick resource to review the transportation
network that is available to residents and visitors including website
links to the schedules and other supporting documents that the regional
transit organizations have made available on the internet including
train and bus schedules. A quick look at this information shows how
connected or disconnected the various transit options are and may
suggest initiatives to promote use of those facilities and their
accessibility to businesses or even realize ways to close gaps between
the transit stops.

Private flood mitigation

Blog_Privatefloodmitigation.jpgTo continue efforts to understand and help manage flooding in The
Village of Riverside the history of permits for flood mitigation devices
for residential properties were extracted from The Village’s permitting
system. Using the Geographic Information System (GIS) the locations of
the private property mitigation permits were mapped. Combining this
information with other flood related data such as backyard ponding
reports, improved surfaces, contours, and sewer infrastructure that The
Village has been accumulating and mapping gives a more detailed picture
of all factors involved in the ongoing flood mitigation efforts and
provides for more effective solutions.​

Dam Removal Support

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The Village of Riverside has been coordinating with the Army Corps of
Engineers (ACE) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
since the summer of 2010 to plan removal of the Hofmann and Fairbank
Dams along the Des Plaines River in Riverside. The Village has utilized
its Geographic Information System (GIS) to create maps that express
their desired alignment of access roads and seeding paths to minimize
the impact of construction activities on the landscape and existing
infrastructure. Using GIS, The Village’s tree inventory and other
important data could be shared with the ACE and IDNR to ease design
efforts for regarding of Swan Pond Park, also located along the Des
Plaines River in Riverside.

Tracking open burn permits using GIS

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The Village of Riverside often performs landscape burns along the Des
Plaines River which winds along and through its incorporated area. The
Village Forester is required by law to obtain an open burn permit to
perform such activities and recently took advantage of their Geographic
Information System (GIS) to create a map product to accompany the permit
application. Seeing that the burning locations vary from year to year,
but are always in and along the same forested areas, the image
highlighted all areas that could potentially be burned. Identifying in
the map all of the sensitive facilities such as schools, senior care
facilities, medical facilities, and even a nearby airport gives a clear
picture of any potential proximity issues that may need to be considered
as well. Reusing the map product will allow staff to quickly complete
the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency permit process each year.

Tracking Hydrant Flows in GIS

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The Riverside Fire Department has been working with its Geographic
Information System (GIS) staff to produce updated fire hydrant flow maps
due considerably to a significant water system improvement project
conducted in 2010. The new configuration of infrastructure was updated
in the GIS along with the new flow information for the fire hydrants
that resulted from new and larger water mains. A large wall map was
produced for the fire station and smaller, double sided maps were
printed and laminated for use in the field. With the capabilities of
the GIS and the fact that it is a repository for all village data the
maps were designed to include all addresses throughout the village as
well. Combining the address and hydrant locations with flow information
provides a very valuable resource for the Fire staff.

Tracking Hydrant Flows in GIS

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The Riverside Fire Department has been working with its Geographic
Information System (GIS) staff to produce updated fire hydrant flow maps
due considerably to a significant water system improvement project
conducted in 2010. The new configuration of infrastructure was updated
in the GIS along with the new flow information for the fire hydrants
that resulted from new and larger water mains. A large wall map was
produced for the fire station and smaller, double sided maps were
printed and laminated for use in the field. With the capabilities of
the GIS and the fact that it is a repository for all village data the
maps were designed to include all addresses throughout the village as
well. Combining the address and hydrant locations with flow information
provides a very valuable resource for the Fire staff.

GIS and your local Farmer’s Market

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The Riverside Farmers Market is a weekly service The Village of Riverside, IL organizes for its residents.  Held
every Wednesday from 2:30 – 7:00 PM during the summer and fall in 2011,
The Market has had many vendors and community groups participate
throughout the season.  The Village has tasked its
Geographic Information System (GIS) to create event maps to communicate
to the vendors and groups their setup locations.  With
growing interest and turnout the setup locations have often changed from
week to week making the event map that much more useful in staging the
event.

GIS and your local Farmer’s Market

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The Riverside Farmers Market is a weekly service The Village of Riverside, IL organizes for its residents.  Held
every Wednesday from 2:30 – 7:00 PM during the summer and fall in 2011,
The Market has had many vendors and community groups participate
throughout the season.  The Village has tasked its
Geographic Information System (GIS) to create event maps to communicate
to the vendors and groups their setup locations.  With
growing interest and turnout the setup locations have often changed from
week to week making the event map that much more useful in staging the
event.

Managing Tree Plantings with GIS

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To provide a reference for village staff and contractors alike, the
Riverside Geographic Information System (GIS) has provided maps of tree
planting locations. By mapping this information staff can evaluate the
work conducted by the contractor and inspect the condition of the trees
going forward. Similarly tree removal products have been generated to
identify where stump removal and restoration activities have taken
place. This information can easily be integrated into the tree
inventory that is also managed using the GIS to obtain accurate
assessments of village owned and managed trees.

Managing Tree Plantings with GIS

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To provide a reference for village staff and contractors alike, the
Riverside Geographic Information System (GIS) has provided maps of tree
planting locations. By mapping this information staff can evaluate the
work conducted by the contractor and inspect the condition of the trees
going forward. Similarly tree removal products have been generated to
identify where stump removal and restoration activities have taken
place. This information can easily be integrated into the tree
inventory that is also managed using the GIS to obtain accurate
assessments of village owned and managed trees.