Winter 2007-8

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

Conference Review
From the Chair
Competition Results
Budget News

GLO Notes Online
Ag/DNR Collaboration Water/Utilities/Telecom Info
NSGIC highlights

Governor's Council
Open for Requests

MetroGIS Business Plan

Goodhue Wetland Model

Pipeline Viewer
Stream Class Problems
Computer Energy Standards

Higher Education
UofM GIS Portfolio
Certificate at Mankato
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
MIIM Internet Mapper

GITA Conference

Craig Wins Award
Zenk NGS Advisor

Other Places
GIS Jobs in Demand
Landsat Island


Finding Information on Minnesota’s Surface Water Resources and Utilities and Telecommunications Infrastructure
By Nancy Rader, Land Management Information Center

In order to help GIS users find the Minnesota data, maps and services they need, the Land Management Information Center continues to expand its series of “first-stop” information webpages. Each page provides an overview of what’s available on a particular topic, such as soils or land ownership. The pages link to GIS data, online and printed maps, services, reports or other background material from a wide variety of sources, including state, federal and local government agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

The newest themes are surface water resources and utilities and telecommunications.

Surface Water Resources

A wide range of water-related data sets and maps are available for the state. The information pages guide users through choices for:

  • Lakes
  • Rivers and streams
  • Watersheds
  • Wetlands
  • Miscellaneous water-related GIS data

The “miscellaneous” category contains information on surface water monitoring sites, water appropriations, discharges to surface water, rain gages, general climatology, and the results of water quality and other types of monitoring.

Utilities and Telecommunications

The utilities and telecommunications page covers electric power from energy sources such as wind, coal, nuclear, hydro, and solar – including transmission lines, substations, and service areas – natural gas pipelines, water and sewer infrastructure, and telecommunications infrastructure and service areas. Some of this data has restricted access.

Other topics
Other first-stop pages are available for:

  • Air photos
  • Land ownership
  • Land use/cover
  • Soils
  • USGS basemaps

Access these pages by looking under “Information by Theme” in the data section of LMIC’s Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse

For more information, contact Nancy Rader, Land Management Information Center, or 651-201-2489.