Volunteer Mitigation Tutorial
The Volunteer Mitigation application was created to provide property owners a way to volunteer their land to be used for Wetland Mitigation. These instructions provide an overview on how to use this online tool to find pertinent information in your area.
Upon opening the application, you will see the statewide view, zoom in and out buttons with a full extent button, a location button for navigating to your current location, and a search box for querying by County Name, HUC Code or Name, and Address.
When entering an address into the Search box, the search requires street address, city, and zip code. The county is searched using the Name and State, i.e., Marion County, Indiana. Also, watersheds can be searched by name or hydrologic unit code (HUC) chosen from a pick list and/or keyboard input. The Address only search is labeled Indiana Composite Geocoding Service. The World option can zoom out to any state/country in the event a reference map is needed. Once you select one and enter your search criteria, the map will automatically zoom to the selection and highlight a watershed, city, or county area selection.
Another tool provided is a spatial reference bar at the bottom left of the map screen that shows the location of the pointer in latitude/longitude decimal degrees. This can be helpful in locating a specific point anywhere on the map. The default coordinate system for this tool is WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxillary_Sphere (3857) but this tool can also provide latitude/longitude in GSC_WGS_1984 (4326) in using decimal degrees from a non-web application resource such as this.
At the bottom center of the map is an arrow button that will provide a popup of the data for the selected features in each active data layer:
Click on each tab to see what data is available from each layer. Click on a record or group of selected records or set a Filter then click on “Zoom to” to take the map to the selection’s extent. Lastly, there is an Overview reference map window that can be activated using the bottom right corner arrow to toggle it off and on. The left bar list of layers can be toggled to slide left out of view to expand the map area by clicking on the left side arrow button. As always, pan and zoom can also be done using a mouse scroll button.
To volunteer your property for Wetland Mitigation, search\zoom to the area you wish to volunteer on the map. Select the Edit tools in the upper right portion of the application.
Select Potential Site point and add the point on the map at your location. A box will open for you to add contact and project description information. Please fill this out as complete as possible; when you have completed this, press the Close button.
If you wish to show the specific area you are volunteering for Wetland Mitigation, follow the same steps as above but select Potential Areas and draw the area on the map.