In recent years, states have established the use of drones within various environmental programs to boost emergency preparedness and response, water monitoring (harmful algal blooms, E. coli, Cyanobacteria, bathymetric, & per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), mapping, mining, watershed and groundwater inspections, dam inspections, volume and construction estimation, drinking water and coastline inspections, and more. The most commonly reported use of drones is for emergency response, which was cited by 12 states, followed by the use of drones for water monitoring, mapping, and mining, which was noted by eight states.
This report presents case studies from 19 states. Each case study encompasses a brief summary of the program, current and planned activities, application highlights, lessons learned, program contact information, and useful resources.
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