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Published on January 3, 2008

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Environmental Resource Permitting GIS:  Environmental Resource Permitting GIS Integrating GIS into Florida’s Surface Water & Wetland Regulatory Programs: the ERPgis Application Program Evaluation & Performance Review & Information Management Bureau of Submerged Lands & Environmental Resources Division of Water Resource Management Florida Department of Environmental Protection Richard Butgereit 850/921-9933 Slide2:  Environmental Resource Permitting Program People Jim Stoutamire, Environmental Administrator Evaluates and Recommends Wetland Resource Protection Policy Kathleen Swanson, Environmental Manager Manages Information Needs for Wetland Resource Protection Information Management Team Members: Richard Butgereit, Environmental Specialist III Carol Cody, Environmental Specialist III Dr. Keith Parmer , Environmental Specialist III Joanette Saba-Strum , Environmental Specialist III Slide3:  Environmental Resource Permitting Program Regulates Construction, Alteration, Maintenance, Removal, Modification, and Operation of All Activities in Uplands, Wetlands, and Other Surface Waters (Public or Private) that Will Alter, Divert, Impede, or Otherwise Change the Flow of Surface Waters Includes Dredging and Filling in Most Surface Waters and Wetlands, Whether Isolated or Connected Purpose Ensure that Regulated Activities Do Not Degrade Water Quality, Do Not Cause Flooding, and that Wetlands and Other Surface Waters Continue to Provide a Productive Habitat for Fish and Wildlife Method Through the Environmental Resource and Federal 404 Permitting Programs-- Federal, State, Regional and Local Governments have Regulatory Authority for these Resources and Programs Slide4:  Environmental Resource Permitting GIS (ERPgis) Role of ERPgis The ERPgis application has been developed and implemented by several of these authorities with the specific focus of managing permit information and locations, sharing the resultant data sets, and analyzing potential affects of activities on Florida’s water and wildlife resources. Slide5:  ERPgis History Funded through the State/Tribal EPA Wetland Protection Grant program, ERPgis is an enhancement upon the Marine Spill Analysis System developed by ESRI for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Responding to an extensive, consensus-building, inter-agency needs assessment performed by FDEP, new tools to manage program data and conduct powerful analyses were identified by the state and created by ESRI for use in ArcView. These tools were delivered through the ERPgis Extension. ERP Datashare A mechanism to integrate computerized permit processing, compliance/enforcement tracking and wetlands database management systems between agencies. All Water Management Districts and FDEP participated in the initial development process to identify the general goals and objectives, determine what common information to share, and identify the physical mechanism (Oracle Database) for sharing this data and any limiting factors likely to occur. The data sharing effort improves permit decisions on a watershed basis; enhances protection of existing wetlands and associated uplands; and aids in identifying historic wetlands suitable for mitigation banking, other restoration activities, or acquisition. An additional goal identified was sharing the spatial locations of these activities through a GIS interface. This was a driving force behind the development of ERPgis. Slide6:  Integrating GIS into Permitting Decision Making The review of an ERP Permit Application or Enforcement Case requires access to a broad range of information about a variety of on and off-site environmental resources and regulatory boundaries. Typically this information has been difficult for staff to identify and/or access, particularly when reviewing projects under the regulatory time clock. Slide7:  Questions Have to be Answered... Jurisdictional Boundaries : Resource Concerns : Is the project within a Special Regulatory district? Is there a well field on-site? In which Water Management District is the project? Are there known archaeological sites? Is the project within an Outstanding Florida Water? Are there known endangered or threatened species on-site? Is the project within a city limits? Does this project contain any Conservation Easements? Staff's decision making is constrained by a number of factors that place a premium on rapid and accurate identification of a variety of issues of concern to individual decisions. Slide8:  Increasingly, GIS is Playing a Role in Answering these Questions... Slide9:  Program Data Creation Here’s Where ERPgis Steps In… Complex Events An Event is any point, line, or polygon that represents something that happens at a spatially referenced location. An Event becomes Complex when it acquires a feature class and subclasses, takes on one or more attributes, and/or is updated throughout time. In the practical realm of GIS, a Complex Event defines a major event feature with a unique identifier and allows numerous sub-features (of different feature types, i.e. points, lines, and areas) with different attributes to be tracked with that unique event. However, the site may also include many different features with different attributes: Slide10:  After creation of geographic features from GPS data, “on-screen” digitizing, existing GIS datasets, or other sources, pop-up dialogues prompt the user for attribute data entry: Slide11:  Features are then “Checked-In” to an Active Database of feature sites where they are stored as a suite of ArcView Shapefiles: Slide12:  The use of the Complex Event Definition tool is endless. Many different program datasets can be accessed within the same application using different complex event definitions: Slide13:  A Suite of Analysis Tools Whenever a feature is created as a Complex Event member within ERPgis, that feature is available to used with a suite of analysis tools : Standard Resources-At-Risk Customized Resource Analysis Topic Query and Analysis Slide14:  Standard Resources-At-Risk Analyze predefined, broad-base of datasets and report general information for a vicinity area. Slide15:  Topic Query & Analysis Analyze predefined set of related datasets and report more thorough information for a user specified area. Slide16:  Customized Resource Analysis Analyze Datasets available within View User defines Attributes to Report (Inherited from MSAS) Slide17:  No User Flexibility Most User Flexibility Extremely Flexible but Changes by System Admin. Summary of Analysis Tools MSAS to ERPgis:  MSAS to ERPgis Administrator controlled analysis Slide19:  Implementation Problems Slide20:  Network Deployment Configuration Multiple Users Editing Active Database Shapefiles Complicated UNIX Implementation Updating Projects, Views, Data, and Extensions Persistent Errors Still Working with ESRI to Resolve Some “Bugs” Overcome Software/Hardware Limitations Pentium-class Processor, Minimum 32 MB RAM ArcView License for Each Station Slide21:  Inter-Agency Implementation Your Name Here Slide22:  Inter-Agency Programmatic Synthesis Slide23:  Locational Data Using GIS to verify Locational Data - GPS/ “Field-Acknowledged” DOQ’s Enables sharing of Data - Sharing Active Databases/Activity Files Permit Tracking Enable ‘Cradle to Grave’ Permit Activity Tracking GIS Datasets linked to Other Tracking Databases (RDBM) Web-based Permit Applications/Status Tracking Slide24:  Inter-Agency Decision Making Support - “Why We Did it” General Resource Assessment Identifying “Standardized” Resources-At-Risk Ensures, to a Degree, “Standardized” Decision Making Slide25:  Cumulative and Secondary Impact Assessments Build Supportive Datasets and Analysis Tools Cumulative Impacts Assessment - “What are the Consequences” Slide26:  DEP Usage Results of Regular Use of Application One District has devoted an Administrative Staff Member to Locating and Producing a Standard Resources-At-Risk Report for Each Action Site Two Districts have Appointed Resident “ERPgis Specialists” Most District Offices have Evolved a Resident “ERPgis Specialist” ERPgis Training/Implementation has greatly increased Staff Exposure to GIS Staff has used ERPgis to Accurately Locate over 1200 Permits/Enforcement Sites and Analyses have been Conducted on an “As-Needed” Basis Slide27:  Specific Applications of ERPgis ERPgis being used within the Bureau of Water Quality Standards and Source Water Protection Evaluation of Soil-Bound Pesticide Residues Division of Recreation and Parks, District 2 Resource Management GIS Pilot Project ERPgis to be used in Identification of Areas of Intense Single Family Homesite Development Pressure and Subsequent Focusing of Mitigation Efforts ERPgis used in Identifying Opportunities for Restoration in South Florida Heavy usage of ERPgis by Compliance and Enforcement Staff in Central and Northeast District Offices Slide28:  Compliance and Enforcement Section Staff “The scope of interest in ERPgis has far exceeded our expectations. We are looking at requests almost daily from other agencies and other sections here at DEP for information we are able to easily access with ERPgis. ERPgis is allowing the DEP to establish better communications and relationships with the entire enforcement community.” DEP User Testimonials Slide29:  Future Development MSAS Management Plan NOAA Initiative to Evaluate and Enhance GIS tools within MSAS Modularization of Extensions Active Database Manager Resources-At-Risk (Analysis Tools of Both MSAS & ERPgis) Integration of SDE Management of Active Database as SDE Data Layers would allow Multi-User Updates of Database (Ability to Lock Record Rather than Lock Table) and Enhance Real-Time Connections to Other Permit Tracking Databases Currently, Analysis of SDE Datasets only accomplished with “Work-Around” Web-Based Permit Applications/Status Tracking Some Analysis Capabilities Already Mimicked with MapObjects Application More Robust Analysis Capabilities may be Available within MapObjects Accept Applications On-line with Verified Locational Data Track Application Status in Real-time On-line Improve Cumulative/Secondary Impact Analyses Support Wetland Assessment Methodologies Slide30:  More Information

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