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GIS Vegetative Filter Strip Calculator 

Surendran Neelakantan, Tom Mueller, Mike Dosskey, and Eduardo Rienzi


The GIS Vegetative Filter Strip Calculator is based on "A design Aid for Sizing Filter Strips Using Buffer Area Ratio" by Dossskey et al. (2011),  The relationships in the Dosskey paper were developed by creating a simplified model created from Vegetative Filter Strip Modeling System (VFSMOD-W).

To obtain public data to use for Buffer Builder, we recommend you use the procedures listed here.  

Download Buffer Builder V Beta 1.01 for ArcGIS 10.0   and  Buffer Builder V Beta 1.01 for ArcGIS 10.1 . (Must have either ArcGIS 10.0 or 10.1).  Download the users guide here

Effort has been made to ensure that the "GIS Vegetative Filter Strip Calculator" is an accurate planning tool for designing vegetative buffers in agriculture fields, the University of Kentucky, US Forest service, and individual authors make no 
warranties, express or implied, or representations as to the accuracy of the program. We assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the this software program, and by using it, you assume all risks. We expressly disclaims any liability for any special, incidental, or consequential damages, including without limitation, lost revenues, or lost profits, resulting from the use or misuse of the information contained on this website.

© Surendran Neelakantan, Tom Mueller, Mike Dosskey, and Eduardo Rienzi, 2012 *

*Surendran Neelankantan developed the system architecture and authored all Python code.  Tom Mueller was the project manager, was responsible the overall GIS design, and provided expertise with model builder.  This project was originally conceived by Mike Dosskey, who also contributed to the overall design and quality control.  Eduardo Rienzi provided council on hydrologic modeling and analysis and had a role in quality control.    

Funding for this work was provided by the US forest service (grant # ) and State of Kentucky SB-271 Water quality program administered by the College of Agriculture,  University of Kentucky.

Figure 1. Example output from Builder Builder V B0.5 in Kentucky.  The black buffers indicate the buffer required for 50% edge-of-field trapping efficiency.  The white areas indicate the additional area required to be included in the buffer for 75% efficiency.   Click on this picture to expand