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HARC Releases Online Wetland and Watershed Information Tool

Posting Date: 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

HARC Vice President Lisa Gonzalez; Erin Kinney, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Coastal Ecology; and Brad Neish, Research Associate in GIS & Remote Sensing, developed an online mapping tool to help local governments and residents identify potential wetland impacts and other watershed-based hazards associated with development in the Houston-Galveston region. The mapping tool was created for the Galveston Bay Wetland Permit and Mitigation Assessment Project, in partnership with the Texas Coastal Watershed Program of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and with funding provided by a grant agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Texas Coastal Management Program at the Texas General Land Office.

The mapping tool allows users to draw or upload a shapefile for a potential development project boundary in the Houston-Galveston region. The mapping tool then returns information describing types of wetlands located on the site, existing 404 wetland permits that exist in the area, location of the 100-year floodplain, impacted streams located in the watershed, and the percentage of the watershed that is impervious surface (which is shown to have a direct effect on stream water quality).

To learn more about Online Wetland and Watershed Information Tool, please visit http://maps.harcresearch.org/wetlandtool/.