Virginia NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant 2020 

Structure From Motion DEMs in the Smith Creek Watershed

This project is currently ongoing. WSI geoscience and GIS specialists have completed initial fieldwork and are currently processing drone photogrammetry for high-resolution DEM's of three sites on Virginia's Smith Creek. 

PA DEP Growing Greener 2018-2020

Phase 3 WIP: Legacy Sediment, Dam Removal and Threats to Water Quality in Lancaster County

This grant-funded project is currently ongoing.

Pennsylvania NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant 2: 2018-2020 

Expansion of historic dam, erosion, and legacy sediment mapping to six additional counties, more precise BMP targeting, and canopy height and density mapping.

This grant-funded project is currently ongoing. Click the images below to explore figures in the carousel viewer.

USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant 1: 2016-2018  

Legacy sediment terrace and erosion mapping and watershed-scale BMP targeting in Lancaster County, PA.

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Lancaster County Mill Dams
Lancaster Hot Spot Map
Lancaster County Tree Canopy Map

The Water Science Institute thanks NRCS, the Steinman Foundation, and National Science Foundation grants 1451586 and 1451562 for their financial support of this study.

An important part of WSI's GIS decision support tool is the block statistics heat map, which allows accurate identification of high erosion sites across large watersheds. In this heat map of the Upper South Branch Codorus Creek in York County, PA, dark red blocks indicate the areas of highest stream bank erosion.