State LiDAR Project Update
By Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
The Minnesota Elevation Mapping Project is proceeding on schedule with roughly 80% of the Minnesota River Basin project area acquired in the spring of 2010 (see map). The remainder of the project area will be acquired this fall. Conditions are favorable for good collection conditions with the projected early harvest of the corn and soybean crops.
The first deliveries are expected in mid October and will consist of Martin and Faribault counties. The State Digital Elevation Committee has approved a modified collection schedule (see map). This schedule accommodates requests from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to accelerate the acquisition in the Arrowhead region to facilitate soil surveys in Lake and Cook County as well as Voyageurs’ National Park.
The State received a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to facilitate the collection of data over the South Dakota portion of the Minnesota River Basin. This area will be acquired in the fall of 2010, and the work is fully funded by the USGS. The State has contracted with a private surveyor to collect validation points in South Dakota.