Minnesota Elevation Mapping Project (LiDAR)

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$1,350,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$1,350,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$2,800,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$2,800,000
Source: 
Clean Water Fund
Status: 
Complete
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2013
Activity Type: 
Inventory, Modeling, Restoration/Enhancement, Analysis/Interpretation, Digitization/Online Information Access, Assessment/Evaluation, Planning, Research, Mapping
Counties Affected: 
Anoka, Benton, Carlton, Carver, Cook, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Lake, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, St. Louis, Washington
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language 
$1,350,000 the first year and $1,350,000 the second year are to acquire and distribute high-resolution digital elevation data using light detection and ranging to aid with impaired waters modeling and TMDL implementation under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 114D. The money shall be used to collect data for areas of the state that have not acquired such data prior to January 1, 2007, or to complete acquisition and distribution of the data for those areas of the state that have not previously received state funds for acquiring and distributing the data. The distribution of data acquired under this paragraph must be conducted under the auspices of the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, which shall receive up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation in this paragraph to support coordination of data acquisition and distribution. Mapping and data set distribution under this paragraph must be completed within three years of funds availability. The commissioner shall utilize department staff whenever possible. The commissioner may contract for services only if the services cannot otherwise be provided by the department.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY14 the DNR will publish and promote MnTOPO, a web-based application that will provide access to LiDAR data to a wide audience including the general public and water management professionals. MnTOPO has data viewing and printing capabilities as well as data access and download. Data access and download volumes will be readily available as measures of the value of this information.

The DNR will develop and publish an Elevation Data Governance Plan and coordinate elevation data standards, maintenance, and development of products based on LiDAR data. This will ensure long term management of elevation data and the MnTOPO portal. It will also ensure that the needs of the water management officials who rely on this data to formulate their management strategies are met.
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language 
$1,350,000 the first year and $1,350,000 the second year are to acquire and distribute high-resolution digital elevation data using light detection and ranging to aid with impaired waters modeling and TMDL implementation under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 114D. The money shall be used to collect data for areas of the state that have not acquired such data prior to January 1, 2007, or to complete acquisition and distribution of the data for those areas of the state that have not previously received state funds for acquiring and distributing the data. The distribution of data acquired under this paragraph must be conducted under the auspices of the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, which shall receive up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation in this paragraph to support coordination of data acquisition and distribution. Mapping and data set distribution under this paragraph must be completed within three years of funds availability. The commissioner shall utilize department staff whenever possible. The commissioner may contract for services only if the services cannot otherwise be provided by the department.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$1,350,000
Direct expenses: 
$666,608
Administration costs: 
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 


In FY13, DNR will complete publishing and distribution of 21,326 square miles of data from the Arrowhead and Metro project areas plus Blue Earth County. Data for the Red River basin (19 counties covering 22,700 square miles) will be reformatted, published, and distributed.

DNR will acquire, publish and distribute new LiDAR data over 3,078 square miles in St. Louis and Carlton Counties to update data following a major flood event that resulted in landscape changes, making current data invalid.

DNR will also develop a web-based map application that presents elevation data that can be viewed on standard computers or mobile devices (without the need for Geographic Information System software).
Measurable Outcome(s) 


In FY13, DNR achieved complete coverage of high accuracy elevation for the state of Minnesota. DNR completed the acquisition, quality assurance, publication and distribution of LiDAR data and associated products for the Arrowhead region, Metro region, Central Lakes region, Blue Earth County, and the Duluth area update. Data for counties in the Red River Basin were reformatted to meet state standards incorporated into data holdings. In total more than 52,000 square miles of data was made published and made available to be used for a variety of clean water projects.

Significant progress was made on the design and application development for the LiDAR Web Viewer during FY13; however the application was deemed by the project team to be not ready for general release.
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 2, Sec. 6(h)
Appropriation Language 
$1,350,000 the first year and $1,350,000 the second year are to acquire and distribute high-resolution digital elevation data using light detection and ranging to aid with impaired waters modeling and TMDL implementation under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 114D. The money shall be used to collect data for areas of the state that have not acquired such data prior to January 1, 2007, or to complete acquisition and distribution of the data for those areas of the state that have not previously received state funds for acquiring and distributing the data. The distribution of data acquired under this paragraph must be conducted under the auspices of the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, which shall receive up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation in this paragraph to support coordination of data acquisition and distribution. Mapping and data set distribution under this paragraph must be completed within three years of funds availability. The commissioner shall utilize department staff whenever possible. The commissioner may contract for services only if the services cannot otherwise be provided by the department.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$1,350,000
Direct expenses: 
$1,625,273
Administration costs: 
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 


In FY12, DNR will acquire LiDAR data over 15,483 square miles covering all or parts of 14 counties in the Central Lakes and Metro project areas.
Measurable Outcome(s) 


In FY12, DNR completed publishing and distribution of LiDAR for the Counties that make up the Minnesota River Basin. In addition, DNR also published and distributed LiDAR data over 19,411 square miles, covering all or parts of 18 counties in the Arrowhead and Metro project areas.

DNR acquired LiDAR data over 16,333 square miles, covering all or parts of Aitkin, Blue Earth, Carver, Cass, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Ramsey, Scott, Todd, Washington, and Wadena Counties.
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(d)
Appropriation Language 
$2,800,000 the first year and $2,800,000 the second year are to acquire and distribute high-resolution digital elevation data using light detection and ranging to aid with impaired waters modeling and total maximum daily load implementation under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 114D. The data will be collected for areas of the state that have not acquired such data prior to January 1, 2007, or to complete acquisition and distribution of the data for those areas of the state that have not previously received state funds for acquiring and distributing the data. The distribution of data acquired under this paragraph must be conducted under the auspices of the Land Management Information Center or its successor, which shall receive 2.5 percent of the appropriation in this paragraph to support coordination of data acquisition and distribution. Mapping and data set distribution under this paragraph must be completed within three years of funds availability. The commissioner shall utilize department staff whenever possible. The commissioner may contract for services only if they cannot otherwise be provided by the department. If the commissioner contracts for services with this appropriation and any of the work done under the contract will be done outside of the United States, the commissioner must report to the chairs of the house of representatives and senate finance committees on the proposed contract at least 30 days before entering into the contract. The report must include an analysis of why the contract with the selected contractor provides the state with "best value," as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 16C.02; any alternatives to the selected contractor that were considered; what data will be provided to the contractor, including the data that will be transmitted outside of the United States; what security measures will be taken to ensure that the data is treated in accordance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act; (continued)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$2,800,000
Direct expenses: 
$3,028,474
Administration costs: 
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 


In FY11, DNR will publish and make available LiDAR data for the Minnesota River basin. We will develop work orders for the Arrowhead and Metro project areas, rank and make awards, and acquire LiDAR data for these regions in the Spring of 2011 (12520 square miles in 19 counties).
Measurable Outcome(s) 


In Fiscal Year 2011, DNR published LiDAR data for the Minnesota River Basin. It is publicly available on-line at the DNR. LiDAR acquistions were contracted over an area covering 18,220 square miles in 15 counties: Anoka, Benton, Carlton, Carver, Cook, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Lake, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Scott, Sherburne, St. Louis, and Washington. This is in addition to the 17,258 square miles in 25 counties that were collected in Fiscal Year 2010.
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(d)
Appropriation Language 
$2,800,000 the first year and $2,800,000 the second year are to acquire and distribute high-resolution digital elevation data using light detection and ranging to aid with impaired waters modeling and total maximum daily load implementation under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 114D. The data will be collected for areas of the state that have not acquired such data prior to January 1, 2007, or to complete acquisition and distribution of the data for those areas of the state that have not previously received state funds for acquiring and distributing the data. The distribution of data acquired under this paragraph must be conducted under the auspices of the Land Management Information Center or its successor, which shall receive 2.5 percent of the appropriation in this paragraph to support coordination of data acquisition and distribution. Mapping and data set distribution under this paragraph must be completed within three years of funds availability. The commissioner shall utilize department staff whenever possible. The commissioner may contract for services only if they cannot otherwise be provided by the department. If the commissioner contracts for services with this appropriation and any of the work done under the contract will be done outside of the United States, the commissioner must report to the chairs of the house of representatives and senate finance committees on the proposed contract at least 30 days before entering into the contract. The report must include an analysis of why the contract with the selected contractor provides the state with "best value," as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 16C.02; any alternatives to the selected contractor that were considered; what data will be provided to the contractor, including the data that will be transmitted outside of the United States; what security measures will be taken to ensure that the data is treated in accordance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act; (continued)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$2,800,000
Direct expenses: 
$670,895
Administration costs: 
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 


In FY10, DNR will collect digital elevation LiDAR data will be collected and make it available to the public for 17,258 square miles in 25 counties in the Minnesota River Basin and southwestern Minnesota.
Measurable Outcome(s) 


In FY 10, DNR developed a master contracting process to collect Digital Elevation information statewide. LiDAR data was collected for 17258 square miles in 25 counties in the Minnesota River Basin and southwestern Minnesota. The data are currently being processed for public use.

Project Overview

This project will create a high accuracy elevation dataset - critical for effectively planning and implementing water quality projects - for the state of Minnesota using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and geospatial mapping technologies. Although some areas of the state have been mapped previously, many counties remain unmapped or have insufficient or inadequate data. This multi-year project, to be completed in 2012, is a collaborative effort of Minnesota's Digital Elevation Committee and partners with county surveyors to ensure accuracy with ground-truthing. The first year (FY 2010) focuses on Southwest Minnesota. The arrowhead, Twin Cities metro, and central lakes regions will be completed in 2011 and 2012.

About the Issue

Accurate topographic information will greatly enhance the ability of decision makers and resource managers to understand how water interacts with the landscape and will provide the foundation for developing innovative, effective, and defendable resource management strategies. Completion of a statewide elevation dataset will reduce cost and increase effectiveness of clean water projects. The data have myriad additional uses; for example, collecting elevation data over the life of a mining project will allow the state to more accurately document mineral extraction, potentially increasing royalty income from mineral leases.

Project Manager

Tim
Loesch
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN
55155
651-259-5475