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What makes EGLE spatial

GIS 3-D visualization of the State of MichiganAs part of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, MI Environment today debuts a new story map on how EGLE strives to innovate the ways GIS is used, including how EGLE staffers collect and share data and how the department tells its story.

GIS is a powerful location-based tool that supports EGLE's mission of protecting Michigan's environment and public health, notes Kevin McKnight, EGLE's GIS manager.

"GIS is a way to map, analyze, and collect data that has a spatial component -- like an address or coordinates," says Kate Berg, EGLE's GIS lead. "Using GIS tools, we can visualize a location on a map and then we can layer many different types of locations on the same map," she said. "If we combine this location data with information about the location, GIS helps us better understand spatial patterns. GIS allows us to connect 'where things are' with 'what things are.' It gives us a way to create intelligence about the world around us.

"EGLE is using GIS to develop innovative geospatial solutions. These solutions help us analyze and visualize data to inform decisions, streamline workflows to enhance productivity, and tell our story to educate the public."

GIS is used in every one of our divisions at EGLE. Check out the story map to read about some of EGLE's spatial projects.

If you're interested in learning even more about how EGLE is using Geographic Information Systems, please visit the Maps and Data Portal. This portal serves as a centralized location for all of EGLE's public maps and open data. You can also subscribe to the Maps and Data Updates GovDelivery email list to be notified when EGLE publishes GIS content.

Caption: GIS 3D visualization of the State of Michigan

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