Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program - Funded Projects

GIS / Information Management

306-star05-11: Improving Asset Management Utilizing Accurate GPS Technology

Assist in the purchase of two new Tremble GEO XT GPS asset management units. These units will allow staff to accurately mark and efficiently locate structures within the sanitary sewer collection system.

306-star01-11: Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference Sponsorship

A coastal partnership between the GIS/LIS Consortium and Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP) through the sponsorship of an open house at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Geographic Information Systems play a big role in the research, land monitoring, and mapping that occurs in the Lake Superior Coastal Zone. Mn GIS/LIS Conference attendees would also benefit from the presence of the MLSCP and information about Lake Superior and activities protecting it.

306-09-11: The North Shore Data Consortium: Acquiring and Distributing High-Resolution Geospatial Information

Create the North Shore Data Consortium (NSDC), with the purpose of developing specific funding strategies and timelines for collecting LiDAR and contemporary high-resolution aerial photography for the region.

306-08-11: Comprehensive and Community Planning Toolkit: Web GIS

A suite of internet based planning tools designed to assist local governments and their consultants with comprehensive and community planning mapping and analysis tools through direct access to county data systems and processing the data for the end user.

306-07-11: North Shore Oblique Photograph Analysis

Analyzed of change occurring along the Lake Superior shoreline, by comparing the 2002 and 2007 oblique photo sets. The changes that would be taken into consideration would include; new structures, structure removal, major vegetation clearing, and other visible changes. These physical aspects of the shoreland along Lake Superior will be transferred into GIS layers and the shoreline will be evaluated for the change that occurred along the shoreline. Results are available on the North Shore Management Board website.

306-06-11: Beaver Bay Parcel Map

GIS parcel data development. Research on the parcels and creation of the digital parcel layer will be performed by a third party data vendor.

306-STAR04-10: Surveying Equipment Upgrades for Soil and Water District Non Point Source Engineering Projects

Purchase of new survey equipment to better facilitate the collection of topographic data for designs for non point source pollution reduction and resource protection projects.

306-STAR03-10: Flute Reed River Water Quality / Quantity Monitoring and GIS Mapping for Problem Reach Identification

Measure field water quality parameters with a calibrated YSI multimeter (do, sc, turbidity, pH, temp) in six locations 2 times per month to narrow in on areas of the stream that are exceeding water quality standards, produce GIS layers and products that can be used to map currently unmapped tributaries and estimate surface water discharge (using a manual stage ruler and use of Mannings Equation) that can be used to produce preliminary discharge measurements for the river. Project data will be stored in the STORET water quality database.


306-15-10: North Shore GIS Collaborative

The North Shore Management Board GIS collaborative system for the entities on the North Shore. This Collaborative will coordinate data availability and will encourage GIS utilization by the local governments by giving them an inexpensive data management and GIS mapping tool. 


306-14-10: Duluth Digital Plat and Parcel Development

Map the parcel ownership of 14,000 parcels within the city and the Lake Superior watershed. This will be the fifth year of a five-year effort by the City of Duluth to digitally map the parcel ownership of the entire city.


306-12-09: Digital GIS Parcel Layer Development for Thomson Township and the City of Cloquet

Develop a digital GIS parcel layer for Thomson Township and the City of Cloquet. The areas include 48% of Carlton County's population and are the fastest growing areas in the County.


306-11-09: GIS Parcel Layer Development for Lakewood Township

Develop a digital GIS parcel layer for Lakewood Township, St. Louis County

306-10-09: Duluth Digital Plat and Parcel Development for Lake Superior Watershed Protection

Map the parcel ownership of 13,500 parcels within the city and the Lake Superior watershed.

309-03-06: Update on the Lake Superior Oblique Imagery

This project is an update of the 2002 Lake Superior's North Shore Oblique Aerial Photography Project with an added extension into the St. Louis River.


306-28-06: Phase III: GIS-based Sediment Quality Database for the St. Louis River AOC--Minnesota Focus

Expand the Microsoft (MS) Access 2000 database and ArcView 3.2 projects with additional sediment quality and GIS-watershed data, respectively, for the Minnesota side of the AOC.


306-27-06: Inventory and Classification of North Shore Wetlands for the CoastalGIS Project

Use MN DNR aerial photography and other spatial data to delineate and characterize wetlands for selected watersheds of Lake Superior's North Shore. Data are downloadable form through the CoastalGIS website at the Natural Resources Research Institute.

306-26-06:  Parcel Mapping of Chester Creek and Miller Creek Watersheds

Map the parcel ownership of Chester Creek and Miller Creek watersheds.

306-25-06: City of Carlton - GIS Parcel Mapping Project

Parcel map for the City of Carlton Carlton Map Viewer

306-24-06: Parcel Layer Development for Canosia and Rice Lake Townships

Develop parcel layers for Canosia and Rice Lake Townships.


306-06-05: Coastal Area Impervious Surface Assessment and Education

Provide an assessment of four different procedures for obtaining impervious surfaces, comparing the accuracy and efficiency of each, and using the most accurate to calculate current impervious surface amounts for the coastal zone region.   SeaGrant Final Report   Northland NEMO


306-03-05: Parcel Layer Development for Midway Township

Parcel layers for Midway Township.


309-01-05: Duluth Township - Purchase of Computer and Printer to use in GIS Applications

Funds to purchase a computer and printer to use data already compiled and available from the planning and zoning effort as well as additional data. 


306-STAR06-04: GIS Mapping the Superior Hiking Trail

Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping of the Superior Hiking Trail and to generate information in a GIS format that can be used for planning, publications, and landowner agreements. The results of this project will be available to federal, state, and county agencies, the North County Trail Association, map making businesses such as National Geographic and Topo Quad, and to the Superior Hiking Trail Association for maps and guidebooks SHTA publishes to assist hikers on the Superior Hiking Trail.


306-STAR02-04: City of Silver Bay - Parcel Mapping

To conduct parcel mapping in the City of Silver Bay including digitization, attribution, and printouts of parcel maps.


306-36-04: Wetland Inventory and Classification for CoastalGIS: Grand Marais and Beaver Main Stem

MNDNR aerial photography and other spatial data were used to delineate and characterize wetlands for selected watersheds of Lake Superior's North Shore. The end product of this effort will be publicly available digital maps of classified wetlands and associated data tables. Data available on CoastalGIS site.


306-28-04: Parcel GIS Layer for the area encompassed by Fond du Lac Reservation and the City of Cloquet

Develop a parcel GIS layer for the area encompassed by Fond du Lac Reservation and the City of Cloquet in Carlton County.

306-20-04: Parcel Layer Development for Duluth Township

Develop parcel layers for Duluth township, located in St. Louis County along the north shore of Lake Superior.


306-19-04: Enhanced Snow and Precipitation Monitoring within MN Portions of Watersheds Draining to Lake Superior

Dense volunteer networks of precipitation and snowfall observers have been operating in MN for decades. The SWCDs of St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties currently have nearly 60 precipitation observers with approximately 3/4 of them observing all winter. This project would build on the existing infrastructure by identifying and recruiting additional observers, especially at places in the watersheds north of MN Highway 61. This project would provide for planning, recruitment, and training meeting costs as well as for observing and training equipment costs. The enhanced observing systems would continue to operate after the term of the grant under the auspices of the State Climatology Office and its collaborators.


306-30-03: Wetland Inventory and Classification for Coastal GIS: Knife and Poplar River Watersheds.

MNDNR aerial photography and other spatial data were used to delineate and characterize wetlands for selected watersheds of Lake Superior's North Shore. Data available on CoastalGIS site


306-STAR07-02: Low-level leaf off aerial photography

Geo-referenced ortho low-level leaf off aerial photography for the west half of Township 49 Range 17, which is the area encompassed by the Fond du Lac Reservation, the City of Cloquet, and the University of Minnesota Forestry Center. It is planned that this photography will be flown in November 2002 after the leaves have fallen off but before there is snow cover on the ground. Fond du Lac Reservation has the goal of creating a parcel map for the Reservation and to become a Firewise Community, both in which require detailed GIS data. In order to do so, the first step is to obtain high-resolution geo-referenced aerial photography to be used as the base data for digitizing house, building, and utility locations. Since this is such a fundamental base data set it can be used a for a wide range of uses for a long time into the future.


306-29-02: Storm Water Management Plan for Grand Marais Watershed, Phase II, Geographic Information System Database

GIS database for the approximately 3,000 acres of Cook County in the Grand Marais area. The GIS database will be used initially and in the future to assist in the development of plans for infrastructure improvements and for the management of the area's infrastructure. A GIS data set for the City of Grand Marais would include: elevation contour lines, watershed divides, drainage systems (water courses, wetlands, and water bodies), and any other existing CAD or GIS data (e.g. MNDOT's storm sewer and other base map data along Hwy. 61) that might be useful. The proposed data layer would integrate with complementary data layers such as roads, land use data, soil type data, and aerial photographs. In the future, utility information and parcel data could be added.

306-18-02: Duluth Forest Inventory Project

Inventory forest land in the city and show the important relationship between forests and the quality of wetlands, streams, the St. Louis River, and Lake Superior.


306-15-02: Field identification and mapping of Duluth trout stream tributaries

Survey all trout streams with Duluth City limits. Field personnel will use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units to identify the center lines of the streams and all tributaries entering the stream. Locations will be further documented by photograph. Tributaries will be identified using DNR standards. All data will be digitized and placed on maps in an ArcView format and will be available for use by City staff and the public and other agencies working with the trout streams.

306-12-02: Oblique Aerial Photos of St. Louis County's Lake Superior Coast to Enhance GIS Systems

Oblique aerial photographs of the Minnesota's Lake Superior Coast. The data will be used to evaluate specific sites and to help prioritize projects for funding requests.


306-11-02: Geographic Information and Decision Support Tools for Land Use Planning in the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Zone

Assemble spatial data and develop decision support tools for the aquatic and terrestrial resources within MN Lake Superior Coastal Zone, and deliver these data and tools to end users via the Internet, CD-ROMS, and institutional outreach efforts. The GIS project has 3 objectives: to develop synoptic databases within the coastal zone boundary; make these data available through the Internet, CD-Roms, and other data distribution formats; to develop decision support tools to assist LGU in water resource planning activities.

306-07-02: GIS Startup Program for Lake County Land Use Office and Soil and Water Conservation District

This project is for "seed money" to start a GIS program for the Lake County Land Use Office. Land Use Management decisions are based on what is best for Lake County's: Natural Resources, Community, and Economics. Increased development pressure along Lake Superior has raised concerns on how to best manage the land to allow for new development while maintaining the high quality and integrity of the natural environment.


306-05-02: Larsmont Drainage Survey

This project will assist Lake County in appropriately sizing culverts and providing for outlet controls which will reduce tail water velocities in the flood prone area. It will aid the County in determining flood hazards on downstream private property. Finally, this project will allow local government to review applicable land use standards for flood prone areas and provide for adequate controls for development in these areas.


306-15-01: Duluth Public Parcel Delineation and Preservation Project

The Duluth Public Parcel Delineation and Preservation Project will utilize a local GIS firm to delineate publicly owned parcels in a GIS data layer which will then be merged with existing natural resources GIS data. With technical assistance from The Nature Conservancy, the merged data layers will be analyzed to identify ecologically significant parcels. At least four areas will be nominated for permanent legal protection via a city ordinance currently being developed with the help of The Nature Conservancy.


306-06-01: Pilot Watercourse Study for Oregon Creek, Duluth, Minnesota

The City of Duluth study of Oregon Creek as a model to understand the effects of development in other urban creeks and to determine remediation steps that could be applied to developed watersheds. The data from the Oregon Creek watershed study will be used in conjunction with a concurrently city-funded study of Chester Creek to conduct workshops, prepare recommendations and develop planning activities for other Duluth watersheds.


306-21-00: Preparing for Growth on the North Shore
Hands-on tools, education and resources for Duluth Township to facilitate a greater understanding of their local watershed and a greater ability to implement protective measures when developing land use plans. Project Summary Sheet (1 page,181 kb)


306-19-00: Wetland Inventory and Evaluation for the City of Duluth

More detailed and accurate wetland inventory for the City of Duluth using multi-temporal infrared and monochrome aerial photography.  Project Website Includes GIS data downloads, and a guide on how to use the data for wetland assessment. Project Summary Sheet 181 kb