To help soil and water conservation district and watershed district staff and landowners, the International Water Institute (IWI)—in association with the Red River Watershed Management Board—wanted to provide better information at the local level. The goal was to provide data that would allow users to demonstrate the benefits and return on investment from conservation efforts. IWI and HEI faced a significant challenge: no one had yet found a practical way of putting the necessary information in the hands of local water quality practitioners. To resolve this dilemma, the team conceptualized and developed the Prioritize, Target, and Measure Application (PTMApp). HEI was selected as the consultant to create the new application, based on our knowledge of water quality and history of meeting the local needs of water quality practitioners.
The project consisted of two technology components. First, ArcGIS for Desktop tools that were developed using Python programming. The tools perform geospatial analysis to derive water quality data products. Second, a web application developed with ArcGIS for Server and .NET programming to allow users to visualize the data products and results threw the web application.
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