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A podcast published by the Utah Geospatial Resource Center discussing all things spatial in Utah.


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A podcast published by the Utah Geospatial Resource Center discussing all things spatial in Utah.








Air Quality in Utah: A Conversation with Lexie Wilson of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality

In this episode, we talk with Lexie Wilson, an environmental scientist at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Lexie helps us break down Utah's air quality science and chemistry. You don't want to miss this one! Related resources: DEQ's interactive web map: https://enviro.deq.utah.gov/Air Quality Index (AQI) Basics: https://www.airnow.gov/aqi/aqi-basics/Utah Air Quality Forcast: https://air.utah.gov/forecast.php


Water in Utah: Part 3 - Deidre Beck from DEQ's Division of Drinking Water on the importance of securing safe drinking water in Utah

In this episode, we talk with Deidre Beck from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Deidre works in the Division of Drinking Water as an Environmental Scientist. This episode was recorded on January 25th, 2023, and concludes our three-part series on water here in Utah. You can listen to all of our episodes, including the water series, wherever you find your podcast. Deidre explains how her division has primacy over the Utah Safe Drinking Water Act. Her division is also tasked with conducting regular sanitary surveys for every public water system in Utah - ensuring these systems meet water quality standards She explains how Utah obtains much of its drinking water via surface water - and how important the Provo River is to drinking water along the Wasatch Front. Deidre also explains the concept of ridgeline authority, which gives some of the larger cities (such as Salt Lake City) the right to establish ordinances in areas outside of their jurisdiction. This ridgeline authority allows them to protect public drinking water in these zones. We also talk a bit about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and how the Division of Drinking Water created a map to show disadvantaged areas, so the water suppliers in these areas can apply for hardship funding to improve the water systems there. So, take a moment to sit back, and enjoy the show. Additional Resources DEQ’s Interactive MapHardship Funding Criteria for Utah Public Water Systems mapDrinking Water Sampling Results in Utah


Water in Utah: Part 2 - Lee Eschler from DNR's Division of Water Rights on water allocation and monitoring in Utah

This episode is part two of a three-part series on water here in Utah. In Part one we focus on water resources. In Part two we discuss water rights, and in part three we focus on drinking water. You can find all of our episodes in our podcast feed or wherever you find your podcasts. Today's show is part two in the water series and we’re talking with Lee Eschler from DNR’s Division of Water Rights. Lee tells us how the PLSS section corners are a critical piece to water rights in Utah including the locating, purchasing, and the selling of these rights. He also explains the current water rights situation for water in and around the Great Salt Lake and how there are no new water rights being granted on water that flows into the Lake Then we discuss a bit on adjudication and how it gives the state a better understanding of what is and what is not being used and how this is an ongoing process So sit back and take a moment to enjoy the show. Related Resources: DNR's Division of Water RightsUtah water rights, FAQsWater rights-related data in the SGIDHow Utah water works (pdf)


Water in Utah: Part 1 - Aaron Austin from DNR's Division of Water Resources on Utah's water supply

In this episode of the podcast, we talk with Aaron Austin, the GIS Manager at the Utah Department of Natural Resouces’ Division of Water Resources. He tells us how his division went from clipboards out in the field to now the use of satellite data. We also hear how collaboration among agencies played into the creation of the water supplier boundary layer. Additionally, Aaron fills us in on the Division of Water Resources’ involvement in secondary water metering and also on the water budget for the Great Salt Lake. This is the first episode in three-part series on water here in Utah. Enjoy the show! Related Links USDA Cropland data layerWater Resources - Open Data website Land Use Story MapWater Supplier Boundary DatasetDivision of Water ResoucesConserve WaterAgricultural Water Optimization


Episode 9 - Lynda Bell from NOAA/NGS on datums, the National Spatial Reference Frame, and the PLSS

In this episode, we talk to Lynda Bell, who is the Southwest Regional Geodetic Advisor for NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey. She is the geodetic advisor for Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. In the episode, she explains why the National Spatial Reference Frame (NSRS) is so important and how it is a framework that ties all of our geospatial data together. She also reminds us of what a datum is and what we need to know about the new datums that are coming in 2023. She also explains the GPS on BenchMark program and how you can contribute. We then ask her about her recent visit to Utah and the importance of the PLSS monument preservation at Temple Square and also the USGS/UGRC Great Salt Lake Causeway project - a project measuring water levels and height. You can email Lynda directly with questions at lynda.bell@noaa.gov Links More info from NOAA on Datums https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/datum.html NOAA's National Geodetic Survey webpage https://geodesy.noaa.gov/ The GPS on BenchMarks Program https://geodesy.noaa.gov/GPSonBM/ Jack And Bore: A Key Component to Preserving the Salt Lake Temple in an Earthquake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N273kjZN0I8


Episode 8 - Bert Granberg from WFRC and the role of the MPO

In this episode, we talk to Bert Granberg, the analytics director at the Wasatch Front Regional Council - commonly known as WFRC. WFRC is a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) here in Utah and they play a significant role in transportation planning along the Wasatch Front. Bert fills us in on how analytics are used in transportation planning, and how transit and biking play into growth along the Wasatch Front. Jake Adams from UGRC also joins us on this episode to talk about the housing inventory map that WFRC created. Don't forget to check out WFRC's map gallery and their map of the month series


Episode 7 - Next-Generation 911 and the Role of Geospatial Data (a conversation with Tina Mathieu from the Weber Area Dispatch 911)

In this episode, we talk with Tina Mathieu, the Executive Director of the Weber Area Dispatch 911 & Emergency Services District. Tina explains why GIS data is so critical in Next-Generation 911 systems and how local and state agencies work together to make this happen. Tina also walks us through a typical 911 call, from a call being placed to the routing of the call, and then to the actual dispatch and emergency response. Resources and related links: Weber Area Dispatch 911 & Emergency Services District Utah Communications Authority Utah Geospatial Resouce Center NG911 Data Page


Episode 6 - The Utah Department of Health (covid-19 and outbreaks)

In this episode, we talk with Nancy Arbon, the Customer Relations Manager at the Utah Public Health Laboratory, and George McEwan, the Director of Information Technology at the Utah Department of Health. Listen as we discuss how GIS was used at the state government level during the covid-19 pandemic. Learn how technology and human relationships play a key role during a health crisis or outbreak and how these relationships in Utah have strengthened during the covid-19 pandemic. We hear about data standardization and how it's important when aggregating data. We also hear how privacy and security are items we need to be keenly aware of as we visualize more data on the map. And then, how the GIS component is critical when deploying social services and resources. Resources and related links: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/ https://coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts/ https://health.utah.gov/


Episode 5 - We're all in this together (a smorgasbord of news and happenings from around the state)

UGRC has a new logo!Statewide 6-inch imagery update Utah Geographic Information Systems Advisory Council (GISAC)Utah Public Notice website (search for GISAC in the search tool)SGID Data Tiers (categorizing SGID data)National Address Database (NAD)NSGIC’s Geospatial Maturity Assessment (GMA)Redistricting and Census dataKem C Gardner Policy Institute 2020 CensusUGRC 2020 Census data pageUS Census upcoming data releaseUS Census 2020 redistricting data news releaseNext Generation 911 updateUtah Communications Authority (UCA) 911 DivisionUGRC NG911 DatabaseUGRC - automating NG911 boundariesUGRC - NG911 Road mapElectionsUtah Independent Redistricting CommissionCivix election management solutionsUGRC voting precinct dataUGRC address point dataStreamlined Sales tax


Episode 4 - Kate Staley at SITLA

In this episode, we hear from Kate Staley at SITLA - State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. SITA was established by Utah Legislature in 1994 to administer the state trust lands. One of the very popular datasets that they manage is the Land Ownership GIS layer. Listen in, as Kate takes us behind the scenes with managing state trust lands data. Related Links: SITA, ExplainedSITA's Land Ownership GIS layerPLSS and the Western Grid, ExplainedUGRC's data-sharing qualificationsSharing data to the SGID through the Open SGID (ArcGIS Online)


Episode 2 - Buck Ehler at the Utah Department of Natural Resources

Today we hear from Buck Ehler at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources. Utah Wildlife Migration Initiative


Episode 3 - The Survey Corner with Sean Fernandez

On this episode we here from Sean Fernandez on the importance of surveying and the role of the state surveyor in Utah. This will become a regular segment called the Survey Corner. The Western Grid, ExplainedLocation matters Darwinstatewide pseudo addressing grid


Episode 1 - News from the state GIS office

Welcome to episode one of the Utah Geospatial Podcast hosted by Matt Peters and Greg Bunce. In this episode we discuss: state GIS officeSGID historyAGRC to UGRCNG911 dataelection informationlatest Utah imagerylatest Utah LiDAR dataContributing data to the SGIDUtah Housing Affordability AmendmentsGISACUGICCensus 2020 geographiesConnect with us on Twitter and sign up for the AGRC newsletter. You can find more information about the Utah Geospatial Resource Center on our website. Theme music by Jens East - Daybreak: feat. Henk (Creative Commons license)