During the watershed planning process, Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff and our collaborators, identified the need for high resolution geospatial data to improve watershed management efforts. In particular the need for updated 6-inch resolution orthoimagery, 1-meter resolution LiDAR (light detection and ranging), and impervious cover data were identified. In 2012, Pennsylvania Sea Grant contracted the services of Woolpert, Inc. to acquire orthoimagery and LiDAR for the watershed. In 2013, Woolpert, Inc. was contracted to delineate the impervious surfaces in the watershed utilizing the orthoimagery and LiDAR.
In November 2013, Pennsylvania Sea Grant hosted the Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Municipal Operations and Watershed Planning Workshop held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. The purpose the workshop was to provide an overview of how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial data can be used for municipal operations and watershed planning. A total of 94 people representing industry, municipal and county government, agencies, academia, and the public attended the workshop. Currently, our staff and collaborators are using the orthoimagery, LiDAR, and impervious cover data to improve watershed planning efforts and inform stormwater management outreach efforts in the Pennsylvania Lake Erie watershed.
In 2015, Pennsylvania Sea Grant received funding to acquire updated orthoimagery, LiDAR, and hydrology data for the Pennsylvania Lake Erie watershed. These data will be used to enhance watershed planning efforts and assess bluff recession along the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Bluff (see Bluff Management Topic for more information).