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November includes both National GIS Day on Wednesday, November 18, and Geography Awareness Week from Sunday, November 15, until Saturday, November 21. ACC Stormwater is excited to celebrate both of those events because GIS is an integral part of stormwater management, from creating maps of stormwater infrastructure and polluted streams to tracking the placement of cutting edge green infrastructure. 

This month, ACC Stormwater is celebrating GIS through these events:

Water Logged Geocache Trail
Saturday, November 14 – Sunday, November 22

Take part in ACC Stormwater’s official Geocache trail, Water Logged. Discover stormwater infrastructure and learn about ways to reduce stormwater pollution, all while exploring Athens-Clarke County. All you need is a cell phone with GPS and internet access. Geocache instructions, hints, and coordinates can be found at Just search for the bookmark “Water Logged.” 

Water Logged will be available any time after November 14, but if you bring buttons from all five geocache sites to the ACC Stormwater office at 120 W Dougherty St. during Geography Awareness Week, you can win a prize.

From Street to Stream Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, November 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Trail Creek Park

Explore water’s journey from Athens’ streets to our streams with ACC Stormwater on Saturday, November 21 from 11AM to 1PM at Trail Creek Park. Have fun with the whole family as you follow Stormwater Steve from street to stream on an educational scavenger hunt in celebration of Geography Awareness Week. Lunch, prizes, and other goodies will be provided. This will be a rain or shine event, but be sure to check our website for updates in the case of lightning or a thunderstorm.

For more information, email or call 706-613-3440.

GPS Prism
This prism is used to get GPS coordinates for specific locations. A total station placed in a known location shoots a laser at the prism. The time it takes the laser beam to travel from the station to the prism and back indicates distance, and the angle at which the laser hits the prism indicates location.
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