MAPPS has announced the release of model legislation for state legislatures to help coordinate state-level partnerships for the collection of enhanced elevation data in support of the nationwide effort led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in its 3D Elevation Program (3DEP).

"This bill does not authorize or appropriate state funds. It does, however, express support for 3DEP and provides for coordinated efforts within a state on statewide LiDAR,” says John Byrd, MAPPS government affairs manager. “This will not only provide greater efficiency by encouraging the concept of 'map it once, use it many times,' but will save money by providing for the economy of scale of statewide LiDAR collection and enhances a state's eligibility for federal funds through the USGS BAA process.”

MAPPS has led a national campaign in support of 3DEP funding in Congress, federal agencies, and the Office of Management and Budget. The model bill for introduction in state legislatures, developed by MAPPS staff and endorsed by the MAPPS Board of Directors, is designed to complement the national effort by providing bottom-up, grass roots, state-level support for 3DEP.

MAPPS encourages geospatial advocates to contact state legislators to discuss introduction of this model bill in their respective states.  This consists of MAPPS member firm principals, as well as surveyors and other stakeholder groups, including  a coalition of more than two dozen organizations from geospatial, science, housing, engineering, infrastructure, flood risk management and the environment that support 3DEP.

About MAPPS

Formed in 1982, MAPPS is a national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the U.S. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including member firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LiDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes associate member firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the U.S. and other firms from around the world.