Maps Wanted

Update 2017-08-27: We’ve already done much of this, now marked with *.

We need at least four kinds of maps:

  1. Very high level schematic suitable for a Water Trail brochure, similar to the ones in the 1970s brochures:

    http://wwals.net/blog/maps/alapaha-water-trail/1970s-alapaha-canoe-trail/

    * We haven’t done a schematic, but we sure could also use some campsites in Georgia like those on those old maps.

  2. Bigger and more detailed map of the entire Water Trail for posters to hang in kiosks, schools, Chambers of Commerce, etc., and to sell,

     

    * For the ARWT brochure and the WLRWT pamphlet we’ve used the ARWT google map and the WRWT google map. Those google maps are usable for a lot more of this by zooming, panning, and selecting layers.

    See also SRWMD’s Suwannee River Wilderness Trail map,

    http://www.srwmd.state.fl.us/documentcenter/home/view/31

    or the example here:

    http://www.garivers.org/gwtc/build-a-water-trail/georgia-water-trails-toolkit/43-gwtc/rivers/water-trails/458-water-trail-maps.html

    With that example, note the list of things that are good to include:

    • Short Water trail description
      * See the web pages or brochure or map for each water trail.
    • Inset of Georgia map with location of water trail watershed
    • Major obstacles, rapids etc.
      * These go in the underlying spreadsheets, and thus get into the maps.
    • Designated sections with class of whitewater (Class I-VI)
    • Photos of water trail’s highlights (waterfalls, historic site etc.)
      * Every point in the spreadsheets should have a picture and a link to more pictures.
    • Distance between access points
      * See the ARWT Access Points and the WRWT Access Points.
    • All public access points
      * See the ARWT Access Points and the WRWT Access Points.
      The time-consuming item is reconciling the names and addresses (many of them didn’t have any) of each access point across counties (especially when the river is a county border) and states (Mozell Spells has at least five names).
    • Existing facilities at each access outfitters,restrooms, food, potable water etc. (either chart or icons)
      * We have these in the spreadsheet, automatically pulled out as icons on the maps.
    • List of Notable Flora/Fauna (Threatened and endangered species)+ Photos
      * We have many reports of these in the outings reports that could be collated into the water trail spreadsheets.
    • QR Code – Water Trail website
      * QR codes are on the ARWT web page and brochure and the WLRWT web page and pamphlet.
    • Map Key/Legend that includes: River watershed, Tributaries, River, Future Trail, Water Trail, Communities, and Major roads.
      * Those plus road bridges, rail bridges, water level gages, and many others are in the spreadsheets and on the maps.
    • Water Trail Logo and URL, Georgia Water Trail Logo and URL (www.GaWaterTrails.org)
      * Done.
    • “…Water Trail is made possible through the generous support of…”(List sponsors and supporters)
      * Done, but always looking for more of those.

    We may want to add to that list, for example:

    • invasive species,
    • typical water quality measurements,
    • highest safe and lowest boatable water levels
      * We have a pretty good table of those for ARWT Access and the start of one for WLRWT Access.

     

  3. Detail maps of each access point
    * These can mostly be done by panning and zooming on the google maps.
    • for posting kiosks at each access point,
    • and for use in the corresponding web page on each access point,
    like the example here:

    http://www.garivers.org/gwtc/build-a-water-trail/georgia-water-trails-toolkit/43-gwtc/rivers/water-trails/459-water-trail-signage.html

  4. Interactive online map, with zoom, pan, and pop-up descriptions of each access point, similar in concept to the existing google map:

    http://wwals.net/blog/maps/alapaha-water-trail/map-alapaha-river-trail/
    * Everybody is so used to google maps these days that the ARWT google map and the WRWT google map will do just fine.

For 1, 2, and 3, topography or schematic maps will probably be better for ease of reading than satellite or aerial photography maps. (For 4 an option to switch background types would be nice.)

For 2, 3, and 4, scale maps with north clearly marked will be useful for those who want to use a compass.

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