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EGLE in the spotlight at GIS Day

GIS map on display at 2019 GIS Day event in Constitution Hall (As part of National GIS Day, EGLE highlights the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology throughout the department.)

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) was in the spotlight at the recent GIS Day virtual event. The day is devoted to providing a forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in the world.

"GIS Day allows users at the State of Michigan to showcase how GIS is used, discover and explore the benefits of GIS, and inspire others," said Kevin McKnight, EGLE's GIS manager.

EGLE showcased several aspects of its GIS work at the virtual event, including new technologies used to update the national wetlands inventory and field data survey tools for groundwater investigations.

Using GIS technology is helping EGLE staffers in their work by helping them be more efficient and thorough in their analyses and make better and more timely decisions.

Specifically, GIS provides a way to see patterns in data and look at more and varied data, and it provides a tool for EGLE staff to conduct complex modeling.

Every division in EGLE is using GIS, notes McKnight. In fact, EGLE is leading the state in making major public facing internet mapping/data access applications — such as MiWaters, Wetlands Viewer, the Oil & Gas Portal and more — available to the public.

For more information on GIS at EGLE, contact Kevin McKnight at

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