Update on Mapping Tool and SMAP feedback opportunity

It looks like we’re on our way to funding the second phase of the OGD mapping tool! We wrote about the first phase nearly a year ago – you can revisit that here.

The first phase of the tool development created a proof of concept that pulled in existing data layers and allow users an added level of analysis which would inform the development of Stormwater Management Action Plans (SMAPs) – as required by Municipal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

The second phase will be focused on improving the user experience. For instance, we have heard how important it will be to allow for uploading data layers, saving progress, and comparing priorities across the entire watershed. This tool will be critical to understanding the priority investments in the watershed. We will likely be reigniting the OGD mapping tool subgroup in July to help inform the advancement of the tool. Please reach out if you’re interested in learning more.    

Several NPDES Permittees used the mapping tool to inform the development of their SMAPs. For example, the City of Renton is developing a stormwater management action plan that guides stormwater management policies and actions to protect water from pollution and improve water quality in a selected high-priority basin of Renton’s watersheds.

Catch Basin Marker in the City of Renton

The community is invited to help us select the basin in which to implement the stormwater management action plan. Learn more about Renton’s stormwater management action planning process and share your ideas here.

Take care,
Todd

About Todd Hunsdorfer

A versatile stormwater manager with more than 10 years of experience managing an array of water quality grant-funded, contract-funded, and government programs. An experienced researcher and educator knowledgeable on issues of water management, low impact development, stormwater system operations & maintenance, erosion and sediment control, and regional and national water quality related policy. An innovative program developer capable of effective proposal/policy development, multi-tasking, working both independently and cooperatively, and communicating with diverse audiences. A nimble workshop facilitator focused on providing the space for everyone to contribute their best.
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