Spring 2012

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents 

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair

DNR Garmin Evolves to DNRGPS
MnDOT Tracks Invasive Bittersweet
2010 Population Maps
More Economic Data 
Water Trails Maps

Twin Cities GECCo Report

Higher Education
Nat'l Historical GIS Updates 
Dangermond Lecture 
Trade Centers 
GIS Day at UM-Duluth

URISA Salary & Tech Survey




DNR Adds Online Water Trail Maps and River-Level Reporting
Adapted from State Water Trails Newsletter, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The 2011 Year in Review State Water Trails Newsletter contained several announcements of particular interest to the Minnesota GIS and mapping community:
Award-winning Website Gets Even Better
In 2009, the DNR Water Trails website received the "Winning Website" award from American Trails, recognizing it as the best state agency trail website in the nation.  In 2011, DNR made two major improvements to the website:
Interactive mapping:  The new interactive Water Trail map is now online so boaters and paddlers can customize their own maps.  It's easy to zoom, search, pan and print a customized digital map of your planned route.  If you want to paddle just ten miles for the day, you can print off just the area you plan to travel.  The DNR will also continue to offer free, printed Water Trail maps to the public.
River level reporting:  DNR launched a major upgrade in its river-level reporting system to make it easier for boaters, canoeists and kayakers to check real-time water levels on State Water Trails.  Now, paddlers and boaters can get a statewide view of water levels, and can find specific information in a much more user-friendly format.  Currently, about half of the 120 river level gauges on State Water Trails are interpreted for recreation, and the DNR will be seeking help from the public in interpreting the remaining half.
New Water Trails Maps
Two new State Water Trails were mapped this year – the South Fork of the Crow River west of the Twin Cities and the Blue Earth River, which feeds the Minnesota River at Mankato.  A total of 47 PDF maps are now available from the state water trail maps webpage.
The State Water Trails system, the first and largest water trails system in the nation, started back in 1963 and now has over 4,400 miles on 33 Water Trails that are managed for canoeing, kayaking, boating and camping.  There is a State Water Trail within an hour of almost anywhere in the state.  See the A-Z list of state water trails to find them!