The US Geological Survey (USGS) has granted NKAPC $20,000 towards the cost of new digital orthophotography for Campbell and Kenton Counties. Orthophotos constitute the base layer of geographic information systems (GIS). Staff is developing contract plans for new photography to be flown next spring for LINK-GIS.
“Bruce Bauch, the Kentucky representative for USGS, suggested that we partner with the federal government on the project and that federal money would be available to assist with our effort,” said Trisha Brush, GISP, NKAPC’s deputy director for GIS administration.
“USGS needed new photography for the northern halves of both counties,” said Brush, “and since we were pursuing both in their entireties, it worked out well for everyone.”
Brush explained that aerial photography has become a high priority for USGS and national mapping efforts for homeland security. She pointed out that the joint effort will save taxpayer dollars.
“This promotes better planning and shows that various levels of government can work together toward common goals,” said Brush. “Citizens need to know that their tax dollars are being spent to promote common goals that benefit everyone.”
NKAPC pursues new aerial photography every three years for the two counties. LINK-GIS is a collaborative effort by Campbell and Kenton County Fiscal Courts, both counties’ PVAs, Northern Kentucky Sanitation District 1, and the Northern Kentucky Water Service District.