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Federal Issue: 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)
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3D Elevation Program (3DEP)


The primary goal of the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, with data acquired over an 8-year period. The 3DEP initiative is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality elevation data and for a wide range of applications requiring LIDAR of the Nation's natural and constructed features.  The program is being developed by the US Geological Survey (USGS)


USGS Presentation on 3DEP Status During MAPPS Summer Conference (7-27-2017)

USGS Presentation at 3DEP Coalition Meeting (6-26-2017)

JB at Brookings Institution (3-28-2017)

Panel on "A conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt"

USGS & USBR in context with groundwater measurement & management

JB's question-- 41:10-42:00...Babbitt's answer--42:00-43:20


JB at Brookings Institution (3-28-2017)

Panel on "U.S. water infrastructure and regulatory reform"

Q&A: USGS 3DEP as part of Water Infrastructure Panel

JB's question--53:00-54:10...Panel's answer--1:00:00-1:06:55


MAPPS Coalition Update at 3DEP Summit (2-13-2017)

MAPPS Comments to HUD on Flood Hazard and Risk (12-27-2016)

MAPPS-Endorsed Model State Legislation

MAPPS Presentation to Real Estate Community on NFIP, 3DEP and LiDAR (12-8-2016)

3DEP Coalition Presentation by USGS (11-10-2016)

MAPPS Recognition Letter from Department of the Interior

MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello addressed the House Committee on Financial Services during a roundtable discussion on FEMA/NFIP Mapping Policy January 7, 2016.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
(R-MO) and John Palatiello


 MAPPS Letter on 3DEP to Chairman Murkowski
 MAPPS cosigns coalition letter to Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Udall (6-8-2016)
 MAPPS cosigns coalition letter to Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum (5-24-2016)
 MAPPS letter to Chairman Calvert (5-16-2016)
MAPPS presentation to SmarterSafer on NFIP & 3DEP (11-3-2015)
MAPPS member Kappa Mapping highlighted by Sen Angus King (I-ME) via 3DEP comment to USGS' Suzette Kimball. WATCH: 2:10:25-2:12:00 for the entire mention and Q&A.

MAPPS TMAC Presentation

The White House Event Executive Summary: LIDAR Technology Federal Roundtable (9-16-2014)

MAPPS Letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) Supporting Funding for 3DEP
June 20, 2014

MAPPS Letter to Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI)
September 12, 2013
MAPPS Letter to Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
September 12, 2013
Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) Letters to Congressional Appropriators
September 4, 2013
MAPPS-USGS Webinar on 3DEP  September 5, 2013

On Thursday, September 5, 2013 MAPPS hosted a webinar to provide members an update on the 3DEP program and the appropriations process in Congress. The webinar was recorded and may be view in full below. Presentations from Vicki Lukas, USGS, Chief, Partner and User Engagement National Geospatial Program and John "JB" Byrd, MAPPS Government Affairs Manager may be viewed below.
USGS Update for MAPPS - Vicki Lukas, USGS

Congressional Appropriations Update - John "JB" Byrd, MAPPS

Full recording of webinar

MAPPS Letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) in Support of 3DEP June 4, 2013
MAPPS Statement of Endorsement for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) January 27, 2013
Private Sector Capacity for 3DEP - Spatially Speaking, January 2013
MAPPS Capacity Statement for 3DEP January 2013
USGS 3D Elevation Program - Summary of Program Direction
National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) at a Glance, June 2012



MAPPS cosigns coalition letter to Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum (5-24-2016)


MAPPS letter to Chairman Calvert (5-16-2016)