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US City planning detailed mapping project

In 2005, Loveland city of Ohio plans to develop a GIS that will comprehensively map Loveland’s drinking water and storm drainage systems. In future years, the city will add other critical infrastructure maps, such as roadways, sidewalks, and other public utilities. In developing its own GIS, Loveland officials will have to work with officials in Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties to integrate information from all three counties.

The city is starting its high-tech mapping project by upgrading its maps of drinking water and stormwater systems. The need to map the stormwater system stems in large part from a federal mandate to local governments is to reduce flooding and improve stormwater quality.