Welcome to the Big Blue Thread: A Blog of Spatial Science and the Environment in America’s Heartland

By: Jeffery Robichaud and Casey McLaughlin

If you walk down the hill from our EPA Region 7 Science and Technology Center, you arrive at Kaw Point where the Kansas River meets the Missouri, and where Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery once camped.  The water in the Missouri River usually appears brown because of the tremendous amount of sediment transported every day. It has always looked this way yet on most every map, the Missouri shows up as big blue line threading its way east until its confluence with the Mississippi River.

The Missouri River (learn more at Wikipedia) is also a thread that ties the States of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska together not just in geography but in history. The River and its tributaries provided the raw materials and transportation for thriving industry, commerce, and agriculture, were responsible for the growth of our Region’s major cities, and ultimately the expansion of our entire country.

Through The Big Blue Thread, we will share subjects of environmental protection and importance, illustrate new insights and ideas, and discuss data and information, all through a geographic lens…our own Big Blue Thread which serves to tie together protection of human health and the environment here in the Midwest.

About the Authors:

Jeffery Robichaud is a second generation EPA scientist who has worked for the Agency since 1998. He currently serves as Deputy Director of EPA Region 7’s Environmental Services Division.

Casey McLaughlin is a first generation Geospatial Enthusiast who has worked with EPA since 2003 as a contractor and now as the Regional GIS Lead. He currently holds the rank of #1 GISer in EPA Region 7’s Environmental Services Division.

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