Geographic Information Systems

GIS is short for geographic information systems.  ESRI ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS online is currently being used by the Back Creek Conservancy to map water quality information, catalog current and planned restoration project focus areas,  and synthesize data from a variety of sources.  We are also able to provide GIS training and consulting services for other organizations. See our maps under the various program areas.


GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

Our first GIS Day was celebrated on Nov 15, 2017 and was an event co hosted by the City of Annapolis.  GIS Day was held at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center with more than 35 people in attendance.  Maria Broadbent, Director of Environmental Policy for the City of Annapolis, offered the opening welcome.   John Wolf, the US Geological Survey GIS Team Leader at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office,  provided an overview of GIS importance to Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts.  There were 6 presentations offered by organizations and businesses that provide GIS services in the natural resources/conservation specialty areas and included Chesapeake Commons, Chesapeake Conservancy, City of Annapolis,  Green Fin Studio,  Maryland Department of Natural Resources,  and the Maryland Environmental Service,  After the presentations,  there was a well attended networking fair and Mappy Hour which sparked interest in future networking events to be planned in the Annapolis area.  The presentations from GIS day are available for download below.

GIS Day Celebration:  Smart and Spatial for the Bay: Conservation GIS Showcase co-hosted with City of Annapolis
Event sponsors: Center for Watershed Protection and KCI Technologies

Chesapeake Conservancy by Jeff Allenby




Chesapeake Data Explorer by David Jasinski





MD Dept of Natural Resources by Kevin Coyne




Maryland Environmental Service by Michael Herzberger




City of Annapolis GIS by Shawn Wampler