Staff Spotlight on Sarah Idczak, her mapping skills are helping Oregon
Mention Earth Day, and DEQ’s Sarah Idczak thinks back to her days as an undergrad at Western Washington University.
“The environmental college hosted an Annual Earth Day Festival. There were live bands, great food and lots of dancing. It was a great chance to take a step back from all the environmental problems we were studying and celebrate the victories,” says Idczak. “It allowed us to take a breath and just celebrate this big, beautiful blue marble that we all get to call home.”
As Emergency Response GIS Coordinator, Idczak analyzes geospatial data that reveals patterns and relationships in the natural forces shaping the environment and affecting our communities. Data changes quickly and there are a variety of needs that Idczak’s GIS skills can fulfill during a crisis, as we learned during Oregon’s unprecedented wildfires in 2020.