July 18, 2006
Cyclists from near and far will gather in Sergeant Bluff this
weekend to begin their 444 mile trek across Iowa. The Iowa
Geological Survey (IGS) worked with the U.S. Geological Survey to
create a series of informational brochures that describe Iowa's land
and water resources along the 2006 RAGBRAI route. Cyclists will have
an opportunity to pickup the brochures in Sergeant Bluff or click
here to view and download the seven informational brochures today.
IGS also partnered with Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) to
showcase DNR's Interactive Mapping Service (IMS) websites found on
the Iowa DNR website.
GIS Interactive mapping sites: "Recreation Map" and the "Basic
Map and Air Photography Viewer" will be very useful along the
RAGBRAI route. Both include such information as topographic maps,
public lands, town locations and more. The Recreation Map is focused
on the Iowa outdoors. The "Service" folder contains several layers
with locations for any kind of service a person might need while on
vacation. Businesses such as grocery stores, sporting goods stores,
bookstores, and others are included. Also find museums, wineries or
other artisan related sites. Need repairs? Different repair related
businesses are also included. The Basic Map and Air Photography
Viewer is more map focused. While offering information similar to
the Recreation Map, it includes samples of new projects in the DNR.
Check the box near "Air Photography 1930s (SW Story County)" to look
back at how the landscape used to look in this area of the state.
More of the state is coming, so check later to see if your area of
interest has been added.
All IMS sites have a link for beginners located under "Getting
Started." Help in using the map services is available in the upper
right corner of the page where it says "for website help, click
here." Enjoy and happy biking!
1: July 23, 2006 - Sergeant Bluff to Ida Grove,*.pdf file
2: July 24, 2006 - Ida Grove to Audubon,*.pdf file
3: July 25, 2006 - Audubon to Waukee,*.pdf file
4: July 26, 2006 - Waukee to Newton,*.pdf file
5: July 27, 2006 - Newton to Marengo,*.pdf file
6: July 28, 2006 - Marengo to Coralville,*.pdf file
7: July 29, 2006 - Coralville to Muscatine,*.pdf file