Western Washington rivers have entered the world of virtual reality. The Stillaguamish and Tulalip tribes have partnered with a company called FishViews to create a interactive 360-degree map of the Stillaguamish watershed. The maps contribute to salmon recovery by allowing natural resources managers to identify habitat restoration opportunities.
Listen Listening...1:29 Many people are familiar with Google Street View, the online map that allows you to take a virtual walk or ride through a neighborhood. Now there’s a similar tool that lets you float down local rivers and waterways.
FishViews offers virtual access to places on that and other rivers where people normally don’t go. A new virtual tour and river mapping system gives people a rafter’s view of the Stillaguamish — from steep, narrow rapids to expansive tide flats — on their computer or smartphone screens. It’s also a way to track and share data for habitat restoration and salmon recovery efforts throughout the Stillaguamish Watershed.
FishViews, a startup based in Wimberly, Texas, is adding new features to your summer “river float” plans—providing anglers, rafters, government agencies, and conservation organizations with interactive 360-degree digital maps of a growing list of American and worldwide waterways.
ArcNews - Summer 2017 FishViews is embarking on this prodigious project one mile at a time, offering high-definition, 360-degree imagery that turns those simple blue lines on a map into colorful virtual water tours.
UBIQUE American Geographical Society COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: If Google is mapping the urban areas of the United States, who is mapping the wilderness? FishViews is an amazing company undertaking the immense task of mapping the waterways of the U.S. They are using remote sensing technology to collect all forms of data on rivers in the hopes of aiding sustainability causes.
The quest to replace the blue dash in our maps with more info! -Geoawesomeness- By Muthukumar Kumar - June 5, 2017
They get you on the water without putting you in the boat. The Herald-Zeitung - That’s the tagline for a relatively new company based in Wimberley that has been mapping rivers in San Marcos, Washington State and now New Braunfels.
WIMBERLEY, Tx., (May 26, 2016) FishViews Incorporated, a Veteran-Owned Tech Start-up based in Wimberley, Texas has captured and published a 5 mile, 360o Panoramic journey on the Blanco River as it runs through Wimberley – a year after the Memorial Day Flood that forever altered the lives of many here in Texas.
Virtually navigating waterways sounds like a good time to outdoor enthusiasts, but it could also help policy makers monitor a critical natural resource.
Anyone with a computer or mobile device can take a virtual ride on the Elwha River from the former Lake Mills to the mouth as the river empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.