Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Environmental Assessments

Due to more stringent requirements associated with the Phase I Environmental process, the preparation of an Environmental Assessment has evolved into a process that requires the agency dedicating trained staff and resources so that the assessments are completed according to specific standards. The format and process that has to be followed is very precise and can hinder the funding of important projects if not submitted properly.

During 2007/2008, GHRPC environmental staff prepared and submitted Phase I environmental reports for the following projects:

  • Cainsville Street and Drainage
  • Grundy County Bridge Replacement
  • Carroll County OEI Expansion Project
  • Caldwell County PWSD No.2/City of Kidder
  • Kingston Water Project
  • City of Hamilton Water System Improvement Project
  • Kingston Water Project
  • City of Hamilton Water System Improvement Project
  • Marceline Emergency Water Project
  • Cherry Valley Levee Repair Project
  • Dewitt Levee Repair Project
  • Show-Me Ethanol Plant
  • American Energy Producers- a proposed bio-diesel plant-resulting in the first FOSI(Finding of Significant Impact) and call for an Environmental Impact Statement in the history of CDBG in Missouri.
  • Environmental Baseline Report for EDA as part of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan (CEDS)

Grundy County E-911

During 2007/2008 as a new County/City Law Enforcement Center in Grundy County was under construction, and as County officials anticipated moving into the new center, they also looked to the future regarding the needs of the counties current 911 system. After research and deliberation, the County approached GHRPC regarding the creation of an E911 GIS dataset for use in the upgraded PowerMap system.

The PowerMap system is a program that integrates GIS data into the 911 call center. This technology results in the 911 dispatcher having the ability to look at an aerial photo, overlaid with a road map, to identify a location symbol to which that particular phone number is attached . In addition, with the appropriate equipment and software, data on cell towers can be used to locate the origin of a cell phone signal. Landmark information is also included such as buildings, cemeteries, parks etc. as if they had a proper address, which eliminates confusion when a caller is distraught, confused, or unfamiliar with the area. The Point Location method was utilized in the process and consisted of collecting the addresses and location of 5,278 structures throughout the county, and the names, addresses, and locations of 55 rural landmarks.

This project presented many challenges as numerous homes did not display a visible address and others were marked incorrectly. The layout of the roads made determining the street names difficult and old records, used for reference, provided conflicting information. Eventually, these issues were resolved as the data was checked, rechecked, and cross referenced with other sources of verification. The result is a highly accurate data set which will serve its purpose well and will be easily maintained and updated. The project also exposed GHRPC staff to the process at a level not experienced before, developing capacity that will prove to be very valuable to the region as other communities and counties seek to upgrade their 911 systems.