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ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JANUARY 2017 | 15 FEATURE Continued from page 13 Figure 3. Examples of deliverables. Courtesy Ron Bell, Aerobotic Geophysical Systems LLC. ever is the constituent of interest, with much greater data density and detail. The UAS Colorado coalition, a non-profit business league and testing co-operative, has been formed in the Front Range. With the diverse terrain, including mountains, wetlands, and forests, along with altitude changes and a variety of temperatures and humidity, the region offers many components that make it an ideal setting for this rapidly growing coalition of drone players. This co-op conducts demonstrations over local testing areas as part of its objective to advance the technology and educate the public about drone use. The coalition has regular meet-ups and is available to answer any questions you may have about how to use a drone for your work in the water industry. Stay tuned for a future article describing a new hyperspectral sensor package that was demonstrated over the Bureau of Land Man-agement’s Blanca Wetlands in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Many thanks to Ron Bell (rbell@igsdenver.com), TJ Agresti (tjagresti@ swiftengineering.com), Dr. Deon van der Merwe (dmerwe2@ gmail.com ), and Constantin Diehl (cdiehl@uascolorado.com with UASColorado.com) who provided the information in this article. Lacey L. Williams is Publications Chair for the Rocky Mountain Section of AWWA and WEA and a Principal at RAS Inc., a small business focused on aquifer management and groundwater monitoring. She has been involved with water and sustainabil-ity issues for more than 25 years. She can be reached on Twitter @laceylwp, at lwilliams@rasinc.org, or 303.809.1095.


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