Stormwater mapping in King County: A glimpse into the world of tracking where the rain goes

Fortunately for us in King County, we are well-served by a diverse network of stormwater facilities. King County’s Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) is responsible for the stormwater system in unincorporated King County. Recently, Alison Sienkiewicz, WLRD stormwater pollution prevention inspector, wrote an article about a team that used GIS tools in the field to map and inventory the King County stormwater system to comply with requirements of the County’s Phase 1 Municipal Stormwater Permit.

Cold-War Soviet cartography in our own backyard

The Seattle Times on Saturday, June 2, published an article by staff reporter Erik Lacitis about a “secret, massive program that produced a million maps of cities and places around the world.” The mapping program is fascinating both from a cartographic perspective and a local perspective since Seattle and its environs are among the parts of the United States that were mapped.

GIS supports Skagit County, Washington

Sixty-five miles north of the King County GIS Center there is another highly effective county-based GIS operation. Skagit County Geographic Information Services (SCGIS), located in beautiful Mount Vernon, was recently featured in the March/April issue of Insight magazine, a publication of Professional & Technical Employees Local 17. The article looks into the history and growth of SCGIS and the current makeup of its ten-member team.

Japanese American Remembrance Trail Map

One of the most satisfying things that a well-made map can do is convey a sense of place. And an especially well-map map may convey a sense of a past place that both infuses and transcends a present location. I came across such a map yesterday just a few blocks from our own King County GIS Center location, where Seattle’s Pioneer Square transitions to the International District, specifically the historic Japantown.

Gerrymandering and GIS – problem or solution?

Gerrymandering, the process of manipulating political district boundaries for some advantage, is a broadly recognized but poorly understood process. This topic was first discussed here in GIS & You by Dennis Higgins in a September 2017 article. Now, Mark Salling, Ph.D., GISP, Senior Fellow and Research Associate at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, has written an informative article for the GIS Professional, the bimonthly newsletter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.