Mine Map Tool User Guide
Welcome to the Appalachian Voices Citizen Enforcement page! Above, you see a map of mining throughout Appalachia. The map itself is a product of ArcGIS online. GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems, a tool that permits data to be organized spatially into maps.
First, to view the map in full, click view larger map, in blue on the lower left-hand side.
To manipulate the data and map follow the instructions below:
First, let’s start small by simply changing the basemap. A basemap is simply a background context of your location. To change the basemap, click the button with four squares on the right-hand side of the map (shown to the right). Here, you can click a variety of backgrounds for your data depending on what you wish to show, from everything from topography to simple state boundaries.
On the right-hand side are the plus, home, and minus buttons.
The plus button acts as a zoom function, while the minus button acts to zoom out. By simply clicking and dragging within the map, you can manipulate your view of the data. As you zoom in and out, you will see the scale button change (shown to the right). If you zoom too far in or out and are unable to return to the original point of reference, press the home button (the little house), to reorient yourself.
To understand the information on the map, we will open the map legend. To do so, click the double arrow symbol in the top left corner.
You will then see a list of datasets, called layers, which is a dataset represented spatially. This photo to the right is an example of a layer turned on.
The blue check means that it is active. If you turn it off, the dataset fails to appear on the map. To check the symbol of the layer, click on the arrow to the right of the layer. A drop-down menu will appear, which will show that, in the case of Appalachia citizen enforcement data, the symbol is a black dot.
Other layers are organized with color by their attributes. Open, for instance, AllCoalMineOperations. When you open the legend, you see a legend of sublayers, which denote different characteristics of the coal mine operations.
In the case of this map, the following layers are included:
• Appalachia Citizen Enforcement Epicollect Data- The Appalachian Citizen Enforcements groups most recently collected data
• Appalachia Citizen Enforcement Data- Older water testing data submitted to www.ace-project.org
• West Virginia Mining Permit Body- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection surface mining permit layer
• Virginia Current Permits – the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy surface mining permit Layer
• Kentucky SMIS WGS84WM – The Kentucky Surface Mine Information System permit layer
• OSMRE All Coal Mine Operations- A coal mine layer maintained by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
• EPA ECHO database- A database of all water permits data in the nation maintained the Environmental Protection Agency