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Geographic Information Systems


Representatives of the Rouge Project have developed numerous technical reports concerning procedures and developent of Geographic Information Systems. To view reports that specify other topics the rouge project addresses, click on Wetlands, Watershed Management, Geographic Information Systems/Data Management, Non-point Source Pollution, Illicit Discharges/Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems, Financial and Institutional Arrangements, Modeling and Monitoring, and Combined Sewer Overflows for general information on the program.
  1. Data Management / GIS Project
  2. Drain Information System Pilot Project
  3. Fundamental GIS Development Project, GIS Round II, City of Farmington, Michigan
  4. GIS Data for Water Quality Indices and Wetlands Assessment, West Bloomfield, Michigan
  5. GIS Development Project, Westland, Michigan
  6. GIS Pilot Project Report
  7. GIS/Public Awareness Project
  8. Township GIS Conversion Project, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  9. Using GIS Tools to Implement an Illicit Discharge Elimination Program in Livonia, Michigan
  10. Wayne County Drain Information System Phase II - Develop Standard Map Format and Generate Township Map Sets
  11. Wayne County Drain Information System Phase II - Drain Assessment Application Prototype
  12. Wayne County Drain Information System Phase II - Update Drain Data and Attribute Drains with Unique Subwatershed Identifier

Data Management / GIS Project

Barry Johnson

Project Profile, December 2001, 2 pages, Order Number: U2-06 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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  • U2-06 (1.19 MB - PDF file)

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Drain Information System Pilot Project

Wilhelm, Dick and Koleda, Ken

Task Product Memorandum, March 1999, 38 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TPM60.00 **

The Wayne County Department of Environment, Division of Public Works (DPW) is improving and modernizing its information systems for County Drains. This work includes the conversion of information from paper maps and legal descriptions to a computer-based geographic in formation system (GIS). Ultimately, the GIS will provide three benefits for the County: improved record-keeping for maintenance and engineering staff responsible for County Drains; improved service to residents and businesses served by the County Drains; and improved ability to perform environmental management and reporting under the Michigan Storm Water General Permit (MIG610000) and future federal storm water regulations. This task product memorandum describes the inventory of information available for developing the Wayne County Drain GIS. The inventory includes a County-wide review of available digital data, paper maps and drainage districts and a more detailed review of parcel boundary data within one community: Westland. This memorandum also describes the end products of this project such as the preliminary Drain Information System (DIS) pilot project file developed in ArcVIEW TM that includes the location and extent of approximately 375 unique County Drains. Within the detailed pilot area of Westland, more complete information is presented for the drain network and for parcels within the drainage districts. The DIS pilot was developed using the State of Michigan MIRIS base map currently used by the Rouge project. All data necessary to view the DIS pilot were provided to DPW. Recommendations were developed for implementing a full-scale DIS based on the pilot results. These recommendations include: 1) perform quality control steps and reconcile discrepancies within existing information; 2) establish the full-scale DIS on the new Wayne County digital ortho-photo base map currently under development; and 3) incorporate new digitized data with parcels that the County is developing under another project.

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Fundamental GIS Development Project, GIS Round II, City of Farmington, Michigan

Charlotte Nichols

Project Profile, July 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: GIS-43 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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GIS Data for Water Quality Indices and Wetlands Assessment, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Project Profile, September 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: GIS-41 **

The purpose of the project was to expand two GIS capabilities necessary for planning and implementing programs to support the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality General Permit for Storm Water Discharge which supports the Rouge River restoration activities.

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GIS Development Project, Westland, Michigan

Charlotte Nichols

Project Profile, February 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: GIS-06 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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GIS Pilot Project Report

Project Profile, June 1998, 154 pages, Order Number: RPO – PI – TM99.00 **

This document describes the Upper 2 GIS Pilot project that was conducted to

  • Identify and define a select number of GIS applications for watershed management;
  • Identify and acquire available GIS data necessary for prototype development of the applications; and
  • Conduct integration of the data to illustrate issues of data compatibility.
  • The Upper 2 GIS Pilot is now complete and the findings in this document summarize the primary issues found to be significant in the transfer and integration of data. The topics addressed by the pilot project and discussed in this document include:

    The utility of GIS in watershed management - the pilot found as many as eight separate applications over and above the obvious mapping and data management capabilities of GIS.

    The importance of data transfer - Given the costs of developing GIS data, it is in the interest of watershed mangers, and GIS users in general, to obtain available data rather than to digitize and develop data redundantly. For the Pilot Project, base map data was available, or was soon to be available, from the local communities, which would facilitate the study if transferring and integrating data from numerous sources.

    The issues of data integration - Issues that influence the potential for successful integration of data include: 1) the type of data to be integrated, 2) technological advances / hindrances, and 3) technical specifications of the data.

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    GIS/Public Awareness Project

    Barry Johnson

    Project Profile, December 2001, 3 pages, Order Number: M1-10 *

    This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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    Township GIS Conversion Project, Ypsilanti, Michigan

    Charlotte Nichols

    Project Profile, October 1999, 1 pages, Order Number: GIS-08 *

    This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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    Using GIS Tools to Implement an Illicit Discharge Elimination Program in Livonia, Michigan

    Christine Rohrer

    Project Profile, 7 pages, Order Number: Watershed 2000-04 **

    The City of Livonia, Michigan is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to enhance the implementation of its illicit discharge elimination program. The illicit discharge elimination program currently underway within the City of Livonia is required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Voluntary General Stormwater Permit (MIG610000), which was issued in 1997. This permit offers an innovative approach to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program by focusing on the concept of watershed management. In August 1999, the City of Livonia received coverage under the MDEQ Voluntary General Stormwater Permit in lieu of requirements of the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) Phase I stormwater program.

    Within the City of Livonia, GIS has been used in direct support of General Stormwater Permit activities that focus on identifying illicit connections, points of infiltration and likely sources of future contamination to the storm sewer system. Activities currently underway include the mapping of the stormwater conveyance system, the location and mapping of storm sewer outfalls, and the location of on-site sewage disposal systems (OSDS). As a result of the GIS integration, record keeping is improved, problem areas are identified earlier, and joint efforts with surrounding communities and other agencies with storm drainage jurisdictions in Livonia are simplified. These GIS tools are also part of an overall municipal GIS program for improving the delivery of public works services to businesses and residents.

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    Wayne County Drain Information System Phase II - Develop Standard Map Format and Generate Township Map Sets

    Ken Koleda

    Technical Report, April 2002, 25 pages, Order Number: RPO-GIS-TR45 **

    This task memorandum describes the work completed for Task #3 of the Drain Information System Phase II project. The goal of this task was to create a community drain map for the prototype area and to define the necessary procedures and map layout template to facilitate further community map production.

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    Wayne County Drain Information System Phase II - Drain Assessment Application Prototype

    Ken Koleda

    Technical Report, April 2002, 17 pages, Order Number: RPO-GIS-TR46 **

    This document describes the work completed for Task #4 of the Drain Information System Phase II project. The goal of this task was to create a prototype of a drain assessment application that could be implemented when the Wayne County parcel data becomes available. This document details the steps necessary to create this prototype.

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    Wayne County Drain Information System Phase II - Update Drain Data and Attribute Drains with Unique Subwatershed Identifier

    Ken Koleda

    Technical Report, April 2002, 43 pages, Order Number: RPO-GIS-TR44 **

    This report for the Wayne County Drain Information Phase II project summarizes the procedures necessary to update the Wayne County drain data as generated for the Drain Information System (DIS) Phase I work.

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    Last Updated: 5/18/02

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    The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project is funded, in part, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grants #XP995743-01, -02, -03, -04, -05, -06, -08 and C-264000-01.