EV Charging Stations in the US

Check out this interactive map and article about the total EV charging stations in the US. If we will be forced to buy electric vehicles soon, they better up their charging stations! While California has 13,658 charging stations, Alaska only has 40. Check it out!

As a side note, according the NACS, there are more than 145,000 fueling stations across the United States. And as you know, they can fuel multiple vehicles at one time vs. just 1 EV charging station per vehicle.

New Stuff in ArcGIS Earth

Here are some new enhancements to ArcGIS Earth:

  • The new on-screen navigation controller offers a more flexible navigation of the globe by adding zoom functionality, viewport navigation, vantage point, and orientation control into a sleek and user-friendly on-screen component. It’s also great for navigating on laptops without a mouse!
  • Vector tile layers have been a highly requested and long-awaited addition to ArcGIS Earth—now you can add vector tile layers to the My Data or Startup layer folders or set them as the basemap, depending on the data and what suits your workflow. 
  • With the new 3D labeling capability in ArcGIS Earth, you can customize the style and visualization of 3D labels on the fly and set the label position and style in a 3D global view.

Click below to read the latest on new features and functionality including KML, multi-selection and batch editing, and attribute tables.

California’s Wild Spaces

Love maps and want to save California’s wild spaces? This site is for you!

California is making plans to protect 30% of its lands and coastal waters by 2030 (called 30×30). And with it is a new mapping tool to support their “30×30″ goal.

The CA Nature website allows you to explore the landscape and consider which areas you might want to see protected in the future. The site’s “conserved areas explorer” shows the 24.1 million acres that are already conserved, many of them as parks, forests, and preserves. Other interactive maps show which lands and waters offer the greatest biodiversity, and how rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are expected to alter the state’s landscapes. Check it out!

Taxes Due Today?

Usually April 15th is when our taxes are due, but not this year. Due to a holiday in Washington DC today, Emancipation Day, our taxes will be due on Monday the 18th.

Which brings up a question, which states pay the highest tax rates? Check out the map below:

Unfortunately California is the highest … probably not a good idea to retire in California! Note that Tennessee has joined seven other states that do not levy any individual income tax. Also note there are 10 states that have flat income tax. Click here for more info.

And one more thing. If you are in the CalPERS system for retirement, and you retire in another state, you can elect to have no California tax taken out of your retirement check!

If you are planning on retiring, check out this tool that you can use to compare states that have taxes on retirees.

POWER Data Access Viewer

Provided by NASA, the POWER Data Access Viewer contains geospatially enabled meteorology and solar related parameters formulated for assessing and designing renewable energy systems. Access daily averaged data for specific date ranges and parameters for a single site. View interactive charts, data tables, and download various tabular and geospatial file formats. You can also access climatology ½ x ½ degree datasets for the entire globe and generate custom climatological reports and data by single point. Check it out!

Click here for more information on the NASA POWER project.

Right-of-Way GIS

If you deal with projects in the right-of-way, why not use GIS to manage them? GIS can improve project planning by delivering integrated project and basemap data and information to all stakeholders.  GIS adds new ways to collect, organize and manage ownership records, deeds, surveys, projects plans and more.  GIS enables high accuracy data collection reducing visits to the field.  GIS reduces costs, improves public engagement, and increases project efficiencies.  GIS delivers a framework for better decision making.

It’s a miracle right? All kidding aside, check out these ArcGIS solutions to map and monitor your roads and highways.

ArcGIS Online Organization Home Page

If you have an ArcGIS Online for Organizations account, ESRI will be pushing out an update that will change your home page. If you do not switch to the new home page or request an extension (good to September 2022), your old (legacy) home page will be automatically replaced with a default home page at the next ArcGIS Online update, planned for March 22, 2022. To ensure that your home page looks and performs as desired, transition to the new home page before the legacy home page is automatically replaced. Organizations that do not use the ArcGIS Online home page as a landing page will be automatically transitioned to the default home page. No further action is required.

For more information and how to change your home page with the new editor, click below.