SPR 14-483: Threatened and Endangered Species GIS Habitat Modeling

Grants and Contracts Details


This project is a continuation of work wherein the DSS team at the Center built predictive models for the occurrence of Blackside Dace and Kentucky Arrow Darter, two federally listed species that occur in central and eastern Kentucky. This project has produced considerable GIS work building the appropriate layers of stream properties so that those properties can be used to predict the primary habitat these and other threatened aquatic species. Thus the system can now be used quite efficiently to map expected habitat for a variety of other endangered fish and mussel species. The eastern Kentucky region continues to add more federally listed fish species, as well as some additional mussels so the need for a tool to perform office-based assessments on potential impacts to threatened and endangered species and their habitats is even more imperative. Providing qualified KYTC biologists with a GIS tool that would allow them to more efficiently assess streams for the potential to serve as habitat to threatened and endangered aquatic species would greatly reduce the costs associated with hiring environmental consultants to conduct surveys and author reports.
Effective start/end date7/1/146/30/15


  • KY Transportation Cabinet


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