NWRPC Map Servers and GIS

Northwest Wisconsin Flood Impact Study

The Northwest Wisconsin Flood Impact Study includes the counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer and Washburn of which were declared in the 2016 federal disaster declaration DR-4276.

In recognition of the importance of planning in mitigation activities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created HAZUS, a powerful geographic information system (GIS)-based disaster mitigation tool that is coupled with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop. NWRPC prepared a Level 2 (customized) flood inundation analysis for the affected counties which demonstrates the potential impacts of historic flood events, pre-identified likely impact areas and assesses the economic impacts to communities, businesses, and residents.The study focuses on building community economic resiliency through a broad range of strategies and mechanisms needed to reduce risk and vulnerability. 

Web Map User Guide

100-Year Flood Event Map Viewer
500-Year Flood Event Map Viewer

Northwest WI Infrastructure Capacity Analysis 

In 2016, Visions Northwest was awarded a $50,000 Capacity Building Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to contract with Northwest Regional Planning Commission, who also provided $10,000 match funds, to complete an inventory and evaluation of existing natural gas, sewer and water, and broadband in Northwest Wisconsin. The goal of this study was to gain an understanding of existing infrastructure conditions and how these conditions could impact and possibly restrict future economic development throughout the region. Through GIS data development, the creation of an Internet-based map server accompanies the analysis to allow economic development officials, business owners, and communities to visually see capacities and service areas. Click on the image to launch the mapserver.

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Lake Superior Water Trail 

The Lake Superior Water Trail (LSWT) is a network of mapped access points and recreational resources along Wisconsin’s Lake Superior south shore. The water trail provides a framework for a wealth of environmental, historical, and cultural experiences accessible along the Lake Superior coastline. The LSWT consists of two segments: a 40-mile segment from the St. Louis River to Port Wing and a 30 mile segment from Ashland to the Montreal River at the Wisconsin-Michigan state line.

The LSWT project represents the culmination of 3 years of work on behalf of a multi-organizational partnership involving state, federal, regional and tribal government, Wisconsin Coastal Management and the Inland Sea Society.  

Click image to access Lake Superior Water Trail Interactive Web Map

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Toxic Waste Collection, Education and Mapping Project 


In the fall of 2010, the Northwest Regional Planning Commission was formally awarded a federal grant through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to address hazardous waste issues within the Wisconsin and Michigan portions of the Lake Superior Basin. The project focused on efforts to expand hazardous waste collection, enhancing public education and the creation of a geospatial decision support tool to address mitigation, planning and incident response. mapserver.png Opens in new window