Red River Chloride Study

Funding Agency: US Army Corps of Engineers - Tulsa District

The basis for this project was to develop a general data set describing the natural and manmade features adjacent to the Red River Chloride Project being conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Tulsa District. The Red River Chloride GIS is an extensive compilation of spatial data and represents a wide array of data themes. New data was generally developed from either hardcopy sources or modified from existing sources of digital GIS data sets.

The purpose of this phase of data development was to provide the Tulsa District with sufficient data to conduct their business processes efficiently utilizing a GIS system. The GIS data sets for this project were primarily developed for the analysis of spatial features within the watersheds of the Wichita and Red River.

Additionally, data sets were developed as inputs to various environmental models. The Blacklands Research Center (BRC) utilized environmental models in order to provide an accurate analysis of realized and predicted effects of the project. The majority of the GIS data sets can be accessed through Environmental Systems Research Institute’s (ESRI) ArcView software.

Incorporation of Tri-Service Spatial Data Standards (SDS) was an important facet of this project. Data themes were defined using SDS nomenclature and great effort was taken to adhere to this standard. Use of SDS can help facilitate data consistency and transferability between and among agencies. There was a high level of coordination with the USACE in order to ensure compliance.