NHC Staff donate GIS services for Stormwater channel improvementNHC encourages its staff members to participate in voluntary community service projects. NHC's Sacramento office GIS Specialist, Dawn Lasprugato, volunteers to provide GIS assistance as a member of the Advisory Committee for the North Davis Riparian Greenbelt project in her hometown, Davis, California. The project is creating a 1.2-mile long "green" stormwater channel by replacing non-native weeds with drought-tolerant native plants, establishing trees to shade the channel, and creating educational areas to learn about native plants and sustainable landscape management.

Dawn's efforts focused on organizing the multidisciplinary GIS datasets for use in project planning and design. These data include high resolution ortho-imagery, soils, topography, parcel boundaries, survey information and alignments, and other cultural and environmental datasets imported into the GIS database. Other tasks included mapping existing vegetation and proposed revegetation areas, creating exhibits for community meetings, and project team collaboration. GIS will be used to assist with the design and to archive project progress as the channel restoration project progresses.

The North Davis Riparian Greenbelt project has become a revitalized centerpiece of the City of Davis' extensive urban parkways, and was featured several times in the local Davis Enterprise newspaper. Funding is provided by the Strategic Growth Council's Urban Greening Program, funded by California Proposition 84. In addition, the project is supported by many Davis community volunteers.

To learn more about this project, please visit the Putah Creek Council project website.