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The Polk County Water Atlas is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. Typically, the scientists and citizens who live and work on water resources have found it difficult to gather the information they need from the myriad of agencies that collect the related data. To solve this problem, we conceived of the Atlas as a "one stop information shop" for concerned citizens and scientists alike. The Atlas functions as a warehouse for a variety of water resources information, including documents and educational links. We have also strived to make the Atlas a rich resource that educates citizens about the data presented and gives scientists easy access to the specialized information they need. We encourage you to use the Atlas as a tool to help in maintaining and improving our vital water resources.

Project Funding

Information Providers

  • Polk County

Project Partners

Polk County

  • Mike Britt, City of Winter Haven
  • Doug Gleckler, City of Lakeland
  • Sarah Malone, City of Lakeland

University of South Florida, Florida Center for Community Design and Research

Faculty

  • Theodore Trent Green, M. Arch, Coord. of Community Design Projects, Assoc. Professor
  • Jim Griffin, PhD, Associate in Research
  • Terry Johnson, PhD, Associate in Research
  • Shawn Landry, MS, MS/MIS, Program Director, Research Associate Professor

Staff

  • Jan Allyn, BS, Web Content Manager
  • Keith Bornhorst, BS, Web Development Team Leader
  • David Eilers, BS, Field Scientist - Environmental
  • Rich Hammond, MA, GIS Team Leader
  • Jason Scolaro, BS, Database Applications Team Leader
  • Cheran Williams, BS, GIS Analyst

Support Staff

  • Tim Barnett, Director of Network Operations
  • Mary Daley, BS, Senior Accountant

Graduate Student / OPS Staff / Volunteers

  • Thejovathi Kadiyala, MS, Database Analyst

Acknowledgements:

Many thanks to all the wonderful people who have participated in the process of designing and developing the Polk County Water Atlas.

Water Atlas Program Advisory Group:

Special thanks to the following group of individuals who guide the long-term development of the Water Atlas Program (www.wateratlas.org) by participating in the Water Atlas Advisory Group.

Participant

Organization

Jennifer Aragon Hillsborough County
Lisa Beever, Ph.D. Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Greg Blanchard Manatee County
Julie Bortles Orange County
Mike Britt City of Winter Haven
Rob Brown Manatee County
Michael Carnevale City of Winter Haven
Marcia Anderson Clark Orange County
Lindsay Cross Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Amanda Dominguez Sarasota County
Liz Donley Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Gloria Eby Seminole County
Ben Garcia Lake County Water Authority
Holly Greening Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Jim Griffin Florida Center for Community Design and Research
Melissa Harrison Pinellas County
Maran Brainard Hilgendorf Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Marie Lackey Seminole County
Shawn Landry Florida Center for Community Design and Research
Kelli Levy Pinellas County
Sarah Malone City of Lakeland
John McGee Hillsborough County
Jack Merriam Sarasota County
Kim Ornberg Seminole County
Judy Ott Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Michael Perry Lake County Water Authority
John Ryan Sarasota County
Laura Thorne Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission
Melanie Weed Pinellas County
Shannon Wetzel Seminole County
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