One of our favorite things to come of the internet is all of the great mapping sites like Google Maps. These tools have made it easier for non-technical people to access vast libraries of digital mapping data. We are excited to witness this boom in ‘civic spatial awareness’ – people seeing the bigger picture of where they live and work.

We take photos, create mapping data, and write code to create custom Google Maps. The result is projects like the one below – a map that allows viewers to learn about stormwater management in their neighborhoods, and to report storm drain problems during storms. Blue lines are the actual stormwater pipelines, and the fish icons are at individual storm drains. Click on a fish to get more info on each drain inlet.

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Photos and mapping by Kevin Sevier.