Collecting LiDAR Data for Rainwater Basin Project on the Platte River

Merrick & Company, working for Optimal Geomatics under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is collecting light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data over a 17,677-square-mile area in order to create a digital elevation model.  The digital elevation model will be used in natural resources,  agricultural planning and management, and to update the flood maps in the area.  More specifically, it will serve as part of the wetland restoration index, a tool that is being used to prioritize habitat protection and restoration activities to achieve the greatest wetland biological return for the habitat investment dollar and for stream restoration on the Platte River as part of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program.  The project area covers almost all of south central Nebraska and four counties in north central Kansas.