Section Supervisor: Jo Blanset
Section Staff: Annemarie Cason, Caroline Chan, Jim Seay, Kathy Takacs, Wesley Turner
The GIS and Data Analysis Section (GDA) consists of five employees with various backgrounds in biology, public health, statistics, geospatial technology, computer programming and technical data management. GDA provides support and programmatic direction to the Division of Water (DOW).
GDA staff fulfill numerous requests from the division director, as well as other division staff, for statistical analyses and analytical problem solving for various division programs. Projects range from special one-time studies to annual analyses to the review of outside analyses submitted to DOW.
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Section staff currently maintain and manage all groundwater data in electronic format in the Consolidated Kentucky Groundwater Database (GWDB). The GWDB houses groundwater quality data paired with location and installation compliance data pulled from the department's Tools for Environmental Management and Protection Organizations (TEMPO) database until the Kentucky Water Assessment Data for Environmental Monitoring (K-WADE) database is complete. Section staff provide program support to the Kentucky Certified Water Well Drillers Program by mapping and processing all monitoring and water well records, well inspection forms, spring inventory forms and well plugging and maintenance records submitted by Kentucky Certified Water Well Drillers, well and spring information (and accompanying analytical data collected) gathered during inspections conducted by DEP, outside agencies such as Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) and local health department personnel. These data are submitted per statute to the official state groundwater repository at KGS four times per year; corresponding images of well records and supporting documentation are submitted to KGS two times per year. All of these data are made available to the public through the Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository.
The section maintains and assists the Resource and Program Planning Support Branch with division database management and development. Most recently, the section is working with the IT Section on a new database to house all of the non-compliance water quality and biological data within DOW. Progress updates will be posted as available.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analyzing and displaying data related to positions on the Earth's surface. Since approximately 80 percent of all information has a "spatial" or geographic component by coordinates or an address, GIS can help us relate elements on the basis of common geography, illuminating hidden patterns, relationships and trends that are not readily apparent in spreadsheets or statistical packages, often revealing information from existing data resources. This approach integrates geographic information into how we understand and manage our water resources. It can improve the way we do our work by facilitating better decision making; saving money, time and resources; and allowing us to more effectively communicate through geospatial visualization.
The DOW is the primary data steward for Kentucky's portion of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). The NHD is a comprehensive set of digital spatial data representing the surface water of the United States using common features such as lakes, ponds, streams, springs, rivers, canals and oceans. These data are designed to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface water systems using GIS. In mapping, the NHD is used with other data themes such as elevation, boundaries and transportation to produce general reference maps.
RiskMAP Program Support
One GDA staff member continues to serve as the outreach specialist for the DOW RiskMAP Program, conducting a variety of outreach initiatives, including many community meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders, ranging from local officials to individual citizens. The outreach specialist also fulfills numerous Base Flood Elevation, hydraulic model and LiDAR requests.
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