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Office of GIS Receives Mapping Awards
On April 25th the
Sussex County Office of GIS Management (SCOGISM) and the
Wallkill River Watershed Management
Group (WRWMG) participated in the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection’s (NJDEP) 20th Annual GIS Mapping Competition and placed second in
the category of Best Analytical Presentation. The map developed for the
competition by the SCOGISM and the WRWMG was also awarded Best Scientific Map by
the New Jersey Academy of the Sciences.
The entry titled "Non-Point Source Pollutant Loads in the Papakating Creek Watershed - TMDL Implementation Methodology" is a GIS-based methodology / model for estimating annual surface water pollutant loads. The developed methodology is being used for the quantification of annual total phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment loads for a watershed under present, future (100% build-out), future, and natural state conditions for a single or multiple, contiguous sub-watersheds.
Maps in this category were judged primarily for their effectiveness in clearly and aesthetically presenting the results of a spatial analysis project. While the analysis is relevant, judging emphasized presentation, along with how well the map communicates the analytical procedures used.
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medium sized jpeg of the SCOGISM/WRWMG Entry (1280x989, 173kb)
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Click to view a large sized pdf of the SCOGISM/WRWMG Entry (6600x5100, 3.6MB)
The NJDEP Mapping Contest is open to state employees, non-profit
organizations, college students, county/municipal and local government and
offers the opportunity to share one’s work and expertise with colleagues. The
contest focuses on the exchange of ideas and is a good forum to discuss mapping
techniques, layouts and graphic design. Winning maps go on to compete
internationally at the annual ESRI International User Conference for publication
in the ESRI Map Book.
In addition, the NJDEP and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program has invited the SCOGISM to present the methodology/model to the Watershed Restoration Planning Working Group in September.
The cooperative partnership between the Sussex County Office of GIS Management and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group offers each group the ability to impart unique knowledge through cooperative data sharing, GIS technology and joint application utilization. Completion of joint projects shows the progress and accomplishments that have been made as a result of the strong cooperative stakeholder partnership.
David Kunz, GISP
Office of GIS Management