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Agriculture and Life Sciences | 2009

“Mapping the Cayuga Lake Watershed”

M. Todd Walter



The prior project experience of collaborative mapping inspired Todd Walter to expand his visions of mapping and student activities related to sharing data on a map.

Walter enriched his real-world activities of water sampling and streambed measurements by including these as activities on the Cayuga Watershed map. His students can now search the map for data points, filter the results by categories, add comments to points, and add new points with data relevant to watershed management. GIS overlays show population information across the watershed, phosphorous and nitrogen run-off, and land usage in the watershed area. The collaborative mapping tool developed for this project has also been used for other Faculty Innovation projects.


  • custom Google-maps based map
  • Flip video cameras
  • GIS devices
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