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Goodhue County Receives Smart Communities Innovation Grant for Mobile Government

Posted By Andrew King-Scribbins, Hennepin County, Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Red Wing, Minnesota, November 2, 2016 – Goodhue County GIS and Environmental Health Departments were notified on November 1, 2016 that their application for the ‘Esri and Leica Smart Communities Innovation Challenge: Mobile Government Edition’ grant had been selected. Goodhue County is one of ten recipients nationwide. The goal of this program is to foster transformational approaches to improving the productivity and efficiency of mobile field workers in all government disciplines in federal, state, regional, county, and municipal governments. Award recipients are required to validate the value of combining geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS) technologies for data collection, optimizing workloads, and providing real time information that supports field mobility. Project awards include hardware, software, and training.

The Goodhue County Environmental Permitting and Tracking Suite project will allow Environmental Health to geographically locate and display wells and septic systems quickly and accurately while sharing this data with appropriate agencies. Final goals include creating a well and septic permitting program that allows data and inspections to be conducted in the field with any device with wireless network capabilities, the collection of data that can be geographically analyzed for compliance and effective placement of new systems, and field use of Leica hardware and software to collect accurate positions of well and septic systems. A customized web mapping application will be made available for public viewing.

The County Surveyor and GIS Office work closely together to provide many services. The mission of the GIS office is to develop, implement, and maintain a GIS database for the county departments, local government agencies, private companies, and the general public.

Questions? Please contact County Surveyor Lisa Hanni at lisa.hanni@co.goodhue.mn.us or phone 651.385.3197.

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Help the DNR find Minnesota's Springs

Posted By Mike Dolbow, Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Did you know the DNR is currently undertaking a program to locate Minnesota’s springs, thanks to funding by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund? Interested citizens who know of springs in their neighborhood can send the DNR information on those springs, particularly their exact location (via GPS or verbal description). This will assist the DNR in a new inventory of this valuable and unique resource. To learn more about springs, or to share the location of a spring near you, visit the DNR web page on Springs and Karst in Minnesota.

Tags:  DNR  GPS  Springs  Water 

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