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Getting Ready For Census 2010

Every ten years, since 1790, the United States has conducted a census of its population. Next year, on April 1, 2010, the United States Census Bureau will conduct its 2010 decennial census. Preparation for this effort began long ago with a focus on enhancing partnerships with state and local agencies. Many of these partnership efforts have involved an increase in the use of locally provided GIS data. Lane Council of Governments has been involved in a number of Census programs aimed at utilizing local data and expertise in order to improve Census 2010 results. This poster will describe those programs as well as give examples of how Census data are used at LCOG.

Presenter(s): 
Bob DenOuden
Biography: 

Bob DenOuden is a Senior Analyst with the Applied GIS and Data Services group at LCOG. As a project manager and analyst, Bob has led numerous water resources technical analysis projects including hydrological and water quality modeling, GIS watershed analysis, nonpoint source pollution assessment, and water resources data management. In addition, Bob has provided technical leadership to the transportation, natural resources, and community safety programs within LCOG as well as to numerous external clients. Bob joined LCOG in 2001. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and a Master's in Geography from the University of Idaho, where his focus of study was fluvial geomorphology and stream restoration. Prior to LCOG, in Washington state, Bob managed geospatial product development at LizardTech in Seattle and was a transportation planner at Thurston Regional Planning Council in Olympia. From 1988 to 1995 Bob worked at Microsoft Corporation managing software testing teams on a variety of products.

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Using GIS to Index Fish Stranding and Trapping

Mitigating Stranding and Trapping Effects on Fish Species During Hydroelectric Operations
Seattle City Light (SCL) is relicensing the operations of the Boundary Hydroelectric Project (Project) on the Pend Oreille River. The Pend Orielle River is located in Northeast Washington and is home to varied and important fish resources. These resources can be negatively affected by receding water levels either from Project operations or from natural reductions of inflow. When these conditions exist, fish may become stranded in shallow sloping shoreline areas (< 4%) or isolated in pools that become disconnected from the mainstem flow.
SCL is funding a study which was designed to develop an index model of relative stranding and trapping effects based on various scenarios of project operations and natural flow patterns.
This poster demonstrates the geoprocessing tools and methods used to identify potential stranding and trapping areas. The areas were periodically examined in the field during water drawdown events to measure actual fish stranding or trapping. Site-specific information, such as substrate and presence of macrophytes (aquatic plants), was also noted. A hydraulic routing model, which was developed separately, was used to determine when areas would be dewatered and the duration of trapping at specific pools. Applying assigned multiplication factors to the analysis, along with the hydraulic routing model, produced the stranding and trapping indices for each scenario. These resulting indices were then available for management personnel and interest groups to examine and compare the relative effect of various operation scenarios on fish stranding and trapping.

Presenter(s): 
Morgan Omdal - Tetra Tech
Biography: 

Mr. Omdal is a GIS Coordinator and Project Manager for Tetra Tech in their Seattle, WA office. He has 5 years of applied environmental science and GIS experience and is Tetra Tech’s Deputy Project Manager for Forest Service GIS task orders under the Forest Service GIS Data Services Contract. Mr. Omdal’s past employers include The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, Colorado State University, Turnstone Environmental, Inc. and The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

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The Northwest Gap Analysis Project- Land Cover

The Northwest Gap Analysis Project (NWGAP) has recently completed a land cover map depicting the distribution of Ecological Systems (ES) across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming. Developed by NatureServe, ES represent a midscale vegetation classification system designed to be map-able with Landsat 30 meter resolution imagery. Three mapping teams have been involved in mapping the projects 12 map zones; (1) Oregon State University and USDA Forest Serve, (2) Sanborn Solutions, Inc., Portland, Oregon, and (3) NWGAP, Moscow, Idaho. Collectively the 12 zones of the project depict the distribution of one-hundred-seventy-three ES classes and thirty-two land cover and disturbed classes across the Northwest. The NWGAP land cover data have been reviewed by Northwestern vegetation ecologists involved throughout the mapping process. Accuracy rates calculated at the zone level are above 80% for many of the ES. The land cover data are available for download at http://www.gap.uidaho.edu/Northwest/data.htm.

Presenter(s): 
Anne Davidson
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GIS and GPS in Search and Rescue Operations

Crater Lake National Park conducts several Search and Rescue operations each year. GIS and especially GPS are critical components of all phases of these operations. This poster will illustrate applications from various incidents of the last few years.

Presenter(s): 
Chris Wayne
Biography: 

Chris Wayne is the GIS Analyst at Crater Lake National Park, where he manages all aspects of park GIS and GPS operations. He has been with the NPS for 6 years, including 3 years as a volunteer. In addition to his GIS duties, he serves on the volunteer Ski Patrol. In his 12 years of GIS-ing he has worked for ESRI, the U. of Washington, as an independent consultant, and for various local and regional governments. Prior to settling into a respectable GIS career, Chris the roamed the USA for 7 years as an archaeologist, but got tired of all the mud and went back to school.

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Idaho Outfitters and Guides License Areas

Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board licenses specific areas to outfitters. Over 6 years close to 2000 areas for 40 different activities have been digitized. Idaho Fish and Game has produced a number of different maps to assist the board in its decisions about new areas and resolving conflicts which have become apparent now that the area descritions can be seen spatially. This map for use by the US Forest Service shows the areas for Elk and Deer hunting areas and the river segments.  Outfitter license area maps may also be accessed at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/ioglb.

Presenter(s): 
Wendy Eklund
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