Geographic Information Systems
Because of the size, complexity and number of cooperating partners
in the Rouge Project, the need for an effective data management
system was evident very early. It was clear that the data being
generated must be of known and documented
quality and easily accessible for use in any needed analysis
and for reporting purposes.
The Rouge Project has established an integrated geographic information
system (GIS) and data management system that is structured to support
the many and varied technical activities of the project. These systems
started as a primary mapping and data storage tool for support of
the monitoring programs; the modeling efforts; and nonpoint source
control projects. It quickly expanded to include public information
and education aspects.
The Rouge Project has developed numerous technical reports and
related information on a wide variety of topics including wetlands,
watershed management, nonpoint source pollution, illicit discharges,
onsite sewage disposal, modeling, monitoring, combined sewer overflows,
financial and institutional arrangements and general information
about the Project. All of these reports are included in the Rouge
Project data management system.
A number of the GIS and data management systems the Rouge Project
has developed and utilized are user-friendly and readily transferable
for use by others.