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Flood Control District Has Strong Showing at GIS Day Map Competition

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December 8, 2008
The Harris County Flood Control District’s GIS Section recently participated in the Geographic Data Committee’s 2008 GIS Day event, held at the University of Houston-Downtown. The District has participated in this event since its inception in 1999.

A major part of the event consists of the GIS Day Map Gallery and competition. The District takes great pride in the quality of maps and exhibits produced for internal and public use and, each year, enters new maps in the competition with the hopes of being selected among the best. There are different categories for Government Agencies, Educational Institutions, Private Companies and Mentor Students.

This year, the District’s GIS Section was recognized in several categories, including two First Place honors for Best Analytical Presentation and Best Cartographic Design, respectively. Descriptions of the winning entries are below:


Hurricane Ike Impacts: High Water Marks - September 13, 2008
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Hurricane Ike Impacts: High Water Marks
Best Analytical Presentation

This exhibit is part of a series that focused on Hurricane Ike and the damage caused in Harris County by the storm. It explains what high water marks are, including example photographs, how they are collected and what sort of flooding levels the District recorded during the storm. Coastal ground elevations are depicted, along with the high water marks to give a general representation of areas that were potentially impacted by floodwaters. In addition to a map of recorded high water marks, areas hardest hit by flooding were also displayed in more detailed maps using aerial photographs as a base layer. This data was used to determine the extents of the flooding caused by Hurricane Ike.


Stream and Wildlife Habitat in Armand Bayou Watershed, Harris County, Texas
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Stream and Wildlife Habitat in Armand Bayou Watershed
Best Cartographic Design

This map assessing stream and wildlife habitat was created using primarily data from the District’s Watershed Environmental Baseline Program (W.E.B.). The Armand Bayou watershed was chosen because it has a high percentage of threatened and endangered species acreage in Harris County, and a correlation was sought between development and stream habitat quality.


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