Spring 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning
Award Nominations Open

GIS Drive to Excellence
GIS Pandemic Needs
GeoService Finder
Red River LIDAR
Groundwater Webmap
08 Photo Update
Improving Structures Data

Governor's Council
Strategic Planning Directions
Award Nominations Open
Meeting Webcasts

OpenSource Group

Input for State Planning
Goodhue User Group

Census Atlas
Census PSAP
NGAC Named
USGS Research Agenda
Sunspots Impact GPS
GPS with Maps
Geology Map
Soil Viewer Update
Recycle Cell Phones

Higher Education
Dangermond to Speak
UofM Career Day
GIS Primer

Borchert Remembered
Two Minnesotans on NGAC
Jay Bell
Bob McMaster

Other Places
Free GPS Visualizer
Global Incident Map
Russian GPS Update


Ground Water Data Mapping Website Completes MPCA Data Access Project
By Brian Timerson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Work on the final phase of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Environmental Data Access (EDA) project — making ground water data available — was wrapped up in January 2008. Visitors to the agency’s website can now use mapping applications to access surface water, air quality and ground water data geographically.

Find the EDA application at

The new ground water portion of the EDA application allows users to:

  • access and download the agency’s most recent analytical data from well testing;
  • locate wells that are in the Health Department’s County Well Index; and,
  • use a ground water "catalog" to determine who to call to find information and data not currently accessible through EDA.

Searches can be done by station ID, address, zipcode, city or township name, county name or legislative district. Ground water station symbols are coded to show which stations have online data available.

Work on the EDA system started in 2001, when the Minnesota Legislature provided funding to address deficiencies in the availability of the state’s surface water quality data. That initial phase of the EDA system went online in July of 2003. The air quality portion of the system was completed in 2006.

With all three phases of EDA complete, MPCA staff will begin considering improvements to make the application more valuable to users.

For additional details about the system or to provide feedback, contact Brian Timerson at or 651-296-7898.