UAS Flights


As a “Good-Neighbor” in the Trinity River watershed regarding the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), while conducting work for the Trinity River Restoration Program, staff of TMC member organizations and contractors will conduct UAS activities under “fly for work” rules (FAA Part 107 or future equivalents), will make reasonable efforts to contact private and public landowners within flight plans prior to the flights, and will annually report usage of UAS (date, agency, and purpose) for listing on the TRRP website.

TMC motion approved March 28, 2018
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drones” – are coming into use by TRRP partners and contractors. UAS provide a convenient and economical tool for collecting topographic data and aerial photography over small areas, such as channel rehabilitiation sites, and perhaps even for biological surveys (for example, Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Migration). Airspace is legally available for UAS operating over private property without landowner contact. In 2018, TRRP’s Trinity Management Council (TMC) approved guidance for TRRP partners and contractors regarding private landowner contact and public transparency (side panel). This page provides the listing of UAS activities.

Dates Pilot Agency or Company Location Purpose of flights
10/5/2017 GMA Hydrology, Inc. Near the Trinity Dam Blvd bridge (“New Bridge”) in Lewiston Gravel Implementation Monitoring, under contract to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
2/1-2/2018 GMA Hydrology, Inc. Near Sky Ranch Road area of Junction City As-built conditions for Deep Gulch and Sheridan Creek Channel Rehabilitatation sites, under contract to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

 

Professional UAS in use to support river restoration.

Professional UAS in use to support river restoration.