The most powerful map making tools in the business.
Blue Water GIS
Cartography. Data Visualization. Storytelling.
Tools of Our Trade
You want your story to shine. We illuminate your message with maps.
Flourish, Tableau, ESRI Dashboards
We make complex data visible, accessible, and useable.
From concept to post-launch support.
Your idea has come to fruition, your project has seen success, and now it’s time to tell the story.
Together we determine a product layout that best conveys your message.
Maps, data visualizations, imagery, and narrative give power to your story.
Product launch includes social media outreach, and since your project is our portfolio, we stay invested.
We monitor website analytics to ensure long-term success.
Browse our highlighted projects or dive into our full portfolio below.
Grizzly Food Storage
INTERAGENCY GRIZZLY BEAR COMMITTEE
Not stoked about a grizzly bear tearing through your tent and devouring your sack of trail mix? Yeah, us neither. We gathered data from 25+ organizations to create a map that shows where in grizzly country food storage regulations must be followed.
“The IGBC Food Storage Regulation map was a new concept with no template. Blue Water GIS built a creative and flexible interactive map that has won high praise in state and federal government agencies. Outdoor recreationists and outfitters now have a new tool for planning their trips into grizzly country.”
- Colleen Matt, Project Coordinator, Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee
Data Visualization, Interactive Maps
TROUT UNLIMITED FLOY TAG TRACKING
A dashboard for the public to engage with fisheries biologists and real time scientific discovery. The tools we built allow anglers to instantly report fish that have been tagged, and the data populates a user friendly interface.
“Blue Water GIS took our novel idea and built an easy to use and efficient platform for us to capture fisheries data and display it to the public. Local anglers couldn’t be happier!”
-Rob Roberts, Little Blackfoot Project Manager, Trout Unlimited
Howler Monkey Rescue
WILD SUN RESCUE CENTER
A crowdsourced reporting tool for wildlife electrocutions and injuries in Costa Rica allows managers to quickly locate harmed animals. The data then compiles over time, building a map of animal injury hotspots for future advocacy.
“We are thrilled with the work of Mark and Katie in creating a tool for us identify hot spots of wildlife electrocution so that we can hold the electric company in Costa Rica accountable. Lives will literally be saved!”
-Jeremy Levine, Director, Wild Sun Rescue Center
Sage Grouse Conservation
Interactive Maps, Story Maps
INTERMOUNTAIN WEST HABITAT CONSERVATION
Ranchers are creating partnerships to improve our western rangelands for Sage Grouse by leveraging new approaches to land management. This Story Map highlights how cattle, wildlife and human communities can all thrive together.
“Working with Katie was fantastic. She helped us create a story map to depict how collaborative conservation is important, beautiful and multi-faceted. We worked with federal, state, NGO and private individuals to create this story map and she made quick work of all the edits our partners requested. This resulted in a product everyone owns and champions. We would highly recommend working with Katie and Blue Water GIS to take your communications to the next level.”
- Hannah Nikonow, Sagebrush Communications Specialist
Subterranean Bat Habitats
Comprehensive Data Management
BAT CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL
A data collection tool that allows BCI’s subterranean team to quickly, easily and accurately collect field data. Each data point integrates it into a comprehensive abandoned mine survey dashboard with the click of a button.
“Blue Water introduced us to new tools, techniques, and ways of collecting data that were previously unknown and now are helping us achieve our conservation mission better than ever before.“
-Jason Corbett, Director of Subterranean Program, BCI
DOLPHIN & DALL PORPOISE COUNTING TOOLKIT
We thought we had the best job ever…nope. The folks at the Oceans Initiative do. At least we got to visualize ourselves out there on a boat and live vicariously through their incredible work while we mapped their data.
“Katie brought far more than just her GIS expertise to our collaborations… She has an intuitive sense for field data, and she provided valuable insights about the clarity and accuracy of datasets. Her web-based interface also allowed us to develop products in partnership and at a distance, which was essential for us to work together without having to become GIS experts ourselves in order to communicate what we wanted.”
-Rob Williams, Research Scientist, Oceans Initiative
The Explorers Behind The Maps.
Blue Water GIS is a small, family-owned firm that was born out of a passion for understanding and conserving our natural world. The powerful geospatial programs and data visualization software available today allow us to interpret, map, and display the workings of our physical world like never before. And that’s what we’ve been doing since 2009.
We clarify data into compelling stories and beautiful maps.
We base out of Bellingham, WA, but being explorers at heart, we look for opportunities to meet new people, and discover new projects around the globe.
Data Nerd & Mapping Guru
A love of people, places and data have drawn me down the path of the geographer. I’ve been using geospatial tools for over a decade to meld these interests together and help tell the stories of organizations that are doing good in the world.
Curiosity and the drive to explore have taken me across the globe, working in the estuaries of Alaska, the jungles of Hawai’i, and the seas of British Columbia. And while adventure fuels the soul, numbers and maps fuel my spirit. Few things make me happier than guiding good people through the creative process of telling the story of meaningful work.
- 15 years tinkering with ArcGIS products
- 10 years crunching data and making it shine
- 12 years experience in water rights analysis
- University of Hawai’i, MS – Conservation Biology
- Southern Oregon University, BS – Computer Science & Biology
- Sailing (I’ve been a captain for 10+ years & hold a USCG 100 Ton Master Captain’s License)
- Freediving and spearfishing in tropical waters
- Milking our small herd of dairy goats
Writer, Mapmaker, Naturalist
Since Blue Water’s inception, I’ve provided various talents as both copy editor and graphic designer. While my main focus is the written word, I also take lead on data visualization, cartographic design and photography.
Underlying all my crafts, both at work and at play, is a desire to explore and learn. If I’m tracking an animal, my map is the trail itself. If I’m in the mountains, a topo, and at sea, a nautical chart. Different journeys require different maps, but all good ones share the trait that they inspire you to explore further. This is our goal as well in all that we do.
- 3 years of bringing data to life with Story Maps and other digital media
- 12 years of natural resource project management
- 15 years of creative and technical writing
- 6 years of plant production and small scale agriculture
- University of Montana, BS – Liberal/Wilderness Studies
- Plant propagation
- Natural history and the deciphering of ecological patterns
- Tracking wild animals
Mapmaker & Data Viz Designer
Amanda’s been designing maps, data visualizations and Story Maps with Blue Water since 2016, and she has become an integral part of our team on most every project we embark on. She’s a wizard when it comes to beautifying and displaying complex data, a testament to her expertise in both GIS and visual design.
- 7+ years of GIS data wrangling, product design, and mapmaking
- Data visualization, user design, and cartography
- University of Minnesota – Duluth, BS – Geology, GIS Certificate, Minor in Communications
- Exploring the wilderness while hiking, fishing and camping
- Landscape and macro photography
- Playing ultimate frisbee competitively around the U.S.
While we typically handle projects entirely in house, there are times when an outside partner brings a particular skill to the table that makes the end product even more exceptional. Over the past five years we have cultivated relationships with professionals that excel in coding, marketing, design and social media.
If our skills don’t quite cut it, we’re not too proud to call on a little help from our friends. Similarly, if your organization has overlapping or complimentary skills, we are happy to work alongside your team to make the best product possible.