A geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data. GIS web tools allow users interact, search data in layered maps. Since the mid-1980s, geographic information systems have become valuable tool used to support a variety of city and regional planning functions.
Find your storm drains and what waterbody they drain to.
As more awareness emerges for environmental conservation and new ways to tackle big issues, questions are posed for how to create long term solutions. Public awareness is a key factor in creating any sort of lasting movement and there is no difference when it comes to water awareness. Stormwater, specifically the urban runoff created from it, can have overwhelming impacts to local waterways and stormwater drainage systems when coupled with pollution.
Through community art and public awareness of where storm drains lead to, a more unionized effort can be created to help limit pollution. We want to provide a program that not only beautifies the city and school districts with water conservation messages, we also want to provide a visual map of where these efforts are spreading and allow for better maintenance of their messages.
As part of LOF's Runoff Art program, we are designing an interactive storm drain map for the city of New Haven and along the Quinnipiac River using Esri’s ArcMap. This interactive map will have storm drain locations and each storm drain will have a wealth of information such as pictures and educational links. The interactive map will be web-based and accessible to the general public. Each storm drain will also have integrated QR codes for pedestrians to scan that will bring them to the storm drain map to see and learn:
Public Outreach & Education
As with any environmental movement, public awareness plays a key role for governmental action. The way this awareness is created is vital to the message of the advocation and permanence of the impression. Stormwater pollution and urban runoff are large sources of trash and toxins that end up in local waterways and ultimately out into the ocean. By engaging the public in an attractive art project and interactive GIS tools we are creating and implementing an innovative approach to public outreach and education for municipal MS4 requirements.
Stormwater pollution and urban runoff are large sources of trash and toxins that end up in local waterways and ultimately out into the ocean. To address this problem, Lots of Fish is engaging the public in an attractive art project and interactive GIS map as a creative and innovative approach to public outreach and education to help municipalities meet their EPA MS4 requirements.