Geographic Information System (GIS) maps display characteristics such as carrying capacity and other relationships between the population and the resources available in that region.
EDA is developing maps that display the carrying capacity of the bioregions of every State Representative and State Senate district in the United States. As an example of what this project will look like, below is an interactive map of the San Francisco Bay Watershed and the various State political districts within it.
This is important for many reasons. Most State legislators have little knowledge of the carrying capacity of food, water and energy, either within their district or their bioregion. This information will educate elected officials about these geographic areas. It will also empower citizens to speak with their lawmakers about bills that favor resource self-sufficiency within their own and nearby political districts.
Bioregional management is becoming crucial now because the populations of most bioregions have no realistic understanding of the carrying capacity of their local resources. That’s why this data has implications beyond each particular political district. It’s useful in creating the basis for discussions between adjoining areas for mutual management of the ecosystem services that support all of its political districts.
Click on the button to activate the map
Check the box for the San Francisco Bay Watershed
Highlight the watershed by hovering over it and click to view carrying capacity data for this watershed
Click on the other boxes to see carrying capacity data for the US Congressional districts that are included within or overlap with this watershed
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