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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Proposal for Sustain Dane’s Rain Barrel Project Map

Leah Ujda and Lia Vellardita

We are going to create a map for the non-profit Sustain Dane and its Rain Barrel Project in order to help Sustain Dane’s coordinators in planning where rain barrels would be most effective in reducing the effects of non-point source (several sources instead of one direct source) water pollution around Dane County and how to reach people in those areas. The issues at hand in the creation of this map are in showing the people who currently have purchased rain barrels and demographic data about them and how Sustain Dane can identify potential new purchasers.
The map will both represent current purchasers of rain barrels as well as identify pollution and runoff into the lakes and which neighborhoods are closest to said pollution/runoff. The map is for Sustain Dane to use in targeting potential future purchasers according to the water quality around neighborhoods as well as by demographic data, such as which neighborhoods have a higher ratio of homeowners to renters (almost all the buyers of rain barrels have been homeowners so far).
Therefore the following layers will be necessary:
Ø Map of Dane County including streets and water line boundaries (i.e., lakes, rivers, streams, etc)
Ø Map of water pollution and rain water runoff into lakes and rivers in Dane County
Ø Points of current rain barrel purchasers
Ø Demographic data attached to maps showing age, income, homeowner/renter status, education, possible data about car use (to show how open they are to environmentally friendly activities)
Ø How people have found out about the rain barrel project

Since the audience for this map will be Sustain Dane Rain Barrel Project Coordinators, our goal is to create one map that includes all layers and data, then break down and manipulate the layers into several maps highlighting one or two layers. We will be relying upon date supplied by Sustain Dane, demographic information from Census data, and maps of Dane County from various sources (such as the maps provided by ESRI).


At 9:26 AM, Blogger Leah said...

We will also take advantage of our friendly neighbors at the Limnology Library for information on water quality in Dane Co, Madison in particular. We contacted the reference desk yesterday and asked about information on beach closures, areas of the lake/shore that test higher for pollution than others, and documentation on runoff problems neighborhood by neighborhood.

It might be a challenge to translate this information to a map. For example, if we learn that a certain beach is closed due to poor water quality we will need to figure out a way to geocode this beach (which has no real street address) on our map.


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