The city of Petersburg, Va., chose Timmons Group to implement a GIS and Water Quality Master Plan on Feb. 4, with the intention of improving local water quality along and the quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

The project has already begun and is expected to be completed in November.

Richmond, Va.-based Timmons and the city are working together to establish a more user-friendly GIS database, as well as training for the new technology as a building block to manage the database going forward.

Timmons Group assisted Petersburg in a grant process, and then Petersburg chose Timmons as its technical assistance provider to help the city go beyond regulatory water quality compliance set by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

“It will allow us to assess and retrieve data regarding our storm sewer systems, to look at ways to lessen run-off and to protect our natural resources,” said Steven Hicks, Petersburg’s director of public works.