The Faribault SWCD/P&Z actively uses a Geographic Information System (GIS) to support our natural resource management efforts.
What is GIS?
GIS is a powerful computer based mapping program that allows for the creation, manipulation, and analysis of a wide variety of information. With GIS you can overlay aerial photography, soils, wetlands, topography and other information to identify and prioritize natural resources protection and management. GIS allows staff to conduct preliminary assessments of sites throughout the county before conducting a field review. It also allows staff to easily create and update maps to communicate this information to the public.
The SWCD/P&Z also has access to several data sets and has available to the public the following computer generated maps and information:
- 1962, 1968, 1979, 1991, 2002 - 2006, 2008-2011 Aerial Photos
- Crop Equivalent Ratings (CER) / Crop Productivity Index (CPI)
- County Ditch Watersheds, Major & Minor Watersheds
- County Tile
- Topography - 2 ft contours
- National Wetlands Inventory (NWI)
- Public Waters Inventory (PWI)
- Zoning Districts
- Feedlot Setbacks
- County, Township, Section Boundaries
- Rivers, Streams, Lakes
How can our GIS data help you?
Our GIS is designed to serve as a public warehouse of environmental information. We can provide maps for the general public at a nominal charge. Contact the SWCD at (507) 526-2388 for more information.
GIS data can also be downloaded from the following links:
How can I download and view high quality aerial photography?
Where can I find soils information?
- Web Soil Survey - create soils maps of a user defined area, print maps and soils data