Fall 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Past News Issues

MnGeo Update
Municipal Boundaries
Statewide LiDAR Update

LiDAR for Conservation
Geology/Ground Water Info

Governor's Council
Structures Grant
Arrowhead Collaboration

Goodhue Flood Site
LOGIS gGov Project
Winona Township Atlas
SMSC Presettlement Map

USGS Digital Map
FSA Photos '09
Congress & GIS Governance
Air Quality Maps
Presidential Election Map

Higher Education
UWRF Update
Monmonier at UofM

Scandia Resource Plan

Goodhue Land Use Model

Memorium: Bob Marx

Other Places
ASPRS 2011 Conference



Geology and Ground Water Info Pages
By Nancy Rader, MnGeo

Two new related topics, geology and ground water, have joined MnGeo’s series of first-stop information webpages. These pages provide an overview of Minnesota GIS data, maps and related information available by theme.


The Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS), the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offer a wealth of geologic data for the state. The county geologic atlas and regional hydrogeologic atlas programs provide detailed maps and GIS data for many counties; other regional topics include aggregate resources, karst and peat.

Statewide information includes a State Map series, industrial mining, and aeromagnetic maps and data. National and international sources include the National Atlas and the National Geologic Map Database; educational information covers sources such as the Minnesota At-a-Glance series, Geology of Minnesota: A Guide for Teachers, and geologic mapping standards.

Ground Water

Many of the geology sources also include information about Minnesota’s ground water. The first-stop website describes GIS data, web applications, scientific reports, and general information. Web applications integrate a number of data sources about wells, drinking water protection, contamination susceptibility, and water appropriation permits. Some sources are statewide, some nationwide, and some are focused on regions such as the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Department of Health, DNR, MGS, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and USGS are the primary providers of this information.

Other First-stop Topics

Other topics currently available in the series are:

The information on these webpages represents MnGeo’s most up-to-date understanding of data for Minnesota. If you know of other publicly available information sources, or if you have other questions, please contact Nancy Rader at: or 651-201-2489.