Data Management and Delisting System (DMDS)

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Data Management and Delisting System (DMDS)

PCS, Maumee RAP, and its partners have determined that the status of Beneficial Use Impairments (BUI) in the Maumee AOC should be re-evaluated and the Stage 2 Plan should be updated given an extensive amount of new analytic data collected. To streamline the process of determining BUI status for the AOC, Ohio EPA Maumee RAP Coordinator, Cherie Blair, worked with PCS and a US EPA funded contractor to create a Data Management and Delisting System (DMDS)The goal is to develop a comprehensive, interactive, mapping, searchable web-based DMDS that will serve as a one-stop-shop watershed planning resource for all the Maumee AOC watersheds.

The Maumee Area of Concern Committee and its many community partners invested more than 18 months in developing the Maumee Area of Concern Stage 2 Watershed Restoration Plan (Stage 2 Plan) in 2004 and 2005. Although this plan has been useful in identifying projects, there is extensive new analytical data from Ohio EPA Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) assessments and US EPA Great Lakes Legacy Act (GLLA) projects, as well as information from the dozens of projects that have been planned, implemented or are in progress primarily due to the success of local partners in obtaining Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding. These efforts have led to an increase in momentum as we get closer to the removal of Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs), and ultimately, the delisting of the Maumee Area of Concern (AOC). 

In light of this large amount of new analytical data and projects, the Maumee RAP and its partners have determined that the status of the BUIs in the Maumee AOC should be re-evaluated and the Stage 2 Plan should be updated. It would be an incredibly time consuming task to cross reference the new analytical data with all the sites/watersheds of the Maumee AOC; therefore Ohio EPA’s Maumee RAP Coordinator worked with a US EPA funded contractor to create a Data Management and Delisting System (DMDS). The first phase of this system was created in an MS Access database and the 276 projects identified in the Stage 2 Plan were imported.

The purpose of this project is to develop an information management system that:

  1. Allows the electronic tracking of the status of each BUI and the required management actions and/or projects and potential projects that address the BUI;
  2. Has queries and report templates that assist Ohio EPA and PCS in reviewing the status of BUIs throughout the AOC;
  3. Has a web-based presentation of the information where stakeholders can review the analytical data and projects, make inquiries about status of BUIs or the location of projects, see graphical representation of the AOC/BUI status; and
  4. Becomes an integral decision-making tool for setting priorities for implementing projects that will help achieve the goal of delisting BUIs.

The goal is to develop a comprehensive, interactive, mapping, searchable web-based DMDS that will meet its intended goal of a one-stop-shop watershed planning resource for all the Maumee AOC watersheds. To learn more about the project, check out the full RFP. More details coming soon!

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