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The Atlas contains 491 water resources which includes 413 lakes and 78 rivers . Data recorded in the Atlas reaches back 118 years, starting on Monday, January 01, 1900. The most recent data is from Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Over 17,287,787 data samples have been included in the Atlas! The samples came from over 60 data sources provided by 28 different data providers. These people and agencies have helped make the Atlas an integral tool for managing our water resources.

Geographic Information Systems Data

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data consists largely of land mapping and spatial data and is used in a wide variety of fields. The lay of the land can affect almost every aspect of life, including an area's culture, government, environment, and commerce, making GIS information important to everyone. Fields such as anthropology, medical science, and natural science use GIS to measure and predict the impact of geography on a region. By mapping water resources, the Atlas provides spatial information useful to citizens, water management professionals, and scientists alike. The following core datasets are processed as part of geospatial analyses, the results of which are presented directly within Atlas components:

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GIS Dataset Name Data Custodian Data Current as of: More Information
1995 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 4/1/2001
1999 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 3/1/2004
2004 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 11/23/2006
2006 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 11/23/2007
2007 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 3/17/2009
2008 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 6/1/2010
2009 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 6/16/2011
Bathymetric Maps No Specific Agency Not Available
Environmental Protection Agency Lake Regions Environmental Protection Agency 8/1/1996
EPA Impaired Waters & TMDL Data US Environmental Protection Agency 10/23/2017
FDEP Impaired Waters & TMDL Data Florida Department of Environmental Protection 10/23/2017
FNAI Managed Lands / Conservation Data Florida Natural Areas Inventory 10/19/2017
Polk County 2016 FEMA Floodplain Boundaries Polk County 10/17/2017
Polk County Hydrography Layer Univ. South Florida Water Institute 10/1/2004
Polk County Municipality Boundaries Polk County 10/17/2017
Polk County Parks and Boat Ramps Polk County 10/17/2017
Polk County Roads Polk County Property Appraiser 2/28/2007
Polk County Watershed Boundaries Polk County Property Appraiser 1/1/2001
Population Density (2000) U.S Department of Commerce 1/1/2000
Population Estimates for Watersheds U.S Department of Commerce 9/15/2011
SJRWMD Radar Rainfall Estimates St. Johns River Water Management District Not Available
SWFWMD Bathymetric Maps Southwest Florida Water Management District 6/1/2003
SWFWMD Radar Rainfall Estimates Southwest Florida Water Management District Not Available
USGS 1:24,000 National Hydrography Dataset Univ. South Florida Water Institute 9/1/2009
Water Atlas Sample Site Locations Univ. South Florida Water Institute 9/1/2009

Monitoring and Sampling Data

Citizens, scientists, and professionals all contribute to monitoring and sampling data in many ways. Citizens often provide information such as water levels data through volunteer programs. Scientists and professionals set up equipment at sampling stations for measuring attributes such as water quality and hydrology. They provide the data in various formats to the Atlas, which compiles, organizes, and presents the data to help people better understand the county's water resources.

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Monitoring Dataset Name Data Custodian Data Current on Atlas as of: Period of Record More Information
Biological Research Associates Florida Department of Environmental Protection 3/3/2016 9/26/2005 - 6/18/2008
EPC Water Quality Data Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 8/21/2017 1/2/1974 - 9/27/2006
FDEP - Central Regional Operations Center FDEP CENTRAL REGIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER 10/9/2018 7/26/2012 9:13:00 AM - 6/4/2018 10:55:00 AM
FDEP - Southwest Regional Operations Center FDEP SOUTHWEST REGIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER 10/9/2018 3/15/2016 2:10:00 PM - 7/18/2018 11:30:00 AM
FDEP - Watershed Assessment Section FDEP WATERSHED ASSESSMENT SECTION 10/9/2018 Not Available
FDEP Central Regional Operations Center Florida Department of Environmental Protection 6/21/2018 1/11/1999 - 10/16/2017
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET Florida Department of Environmental Protection 8/20/2014 6/2/1937 - 11/23/1998
FDEP Southwest Regional Operations Center FDEP Southwest District 6/21/2018 5/14/1997 - 10/3/2017
FDEP Watershed Assessment Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 6/21/2018 8/21/2001 - 5/1/2013
FDEP Watershed Monitoring Section FDEP WATERSHED MONITORING SECTION 10/9/2018 Not Available
FDEP Watershed Monitoring Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 6/21/2018 10/5/1998 - 7/10/2017
Florida Automated Weather Network University of Florida Not Available 5/26/2010 5:45:00 PM - 12/11/2018 7:45:00 PM
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Water Quality Data Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1/6/2015 1/4/1996 - 5/5/2008
Hydrologic, water quality, and biological assessments by USF Water Institute Staff USF Water Institute Assessments Not Available Not Available
IMC Agrico (Florida) IMC Agrico (Florida) 5/18/2010 7/24/1994 - 9/19/2002
LAKEWATCH Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring LAKEWATCH 9/21/2018 8/16/1986 - 7/24/2018
National Weather Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Not Available Not Available
National Weather Service National Digital Forecast Database National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 4/12/2016 1/1/1900 - 12/11/2018 7:35:00 PM
Polk County Natural Resources Division Polk County Government 3/16/2016 7/25/1984 - 12/17/2015
Polk County NRD Polk County Government Not Available Not Available
Polk County Parks & Natural Resources Division Polk County 11/30/2018 7/24/1984 - 10/29/2018
Polk County Volunteer Rainfall Data Polk County Government 11/12/2009 9/20/1966 - 10/31/2009
SFWMD Water Quality Sampling Data South Florida Water Management District 10/18/2017 1/12/1978 - 10/10/2016
SJRWMD Legacy Water Quality Sampling Data St. Johns River Water Management District Not Available Not Available
South Florida Water Management District SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT 10/9/2018 1/12/2015 10:41:00 AM - 4/30/2018 12:45:00 PM
Southwest Florida Water Management District SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT 10/9/2018 Not Available
Stream Waterwatch Water Quality Data, Volunteer Hillsborough County Stream Waterwatch 3/26/2015 1/6/1998 - 3/13/2015 8:15:00 AM
SWFWMD Adopted Lake Levels Southwest Florida Water Management District Not Available Not Available
SWFWMD Hydrologic Data Section Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 12/12/2018 5/1/1930 - 12/11/2018 6:00:00 AM
SWFWMD Hydrologic Data Section Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 8/16/2010 1/1/1901 - 7/21/2008 4:45:00 AM
SWFWMD Legacy Water Quality Monitoring Program Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 2/11/2010 Not Available
SWFWMD Water Quality Monitoring Program Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 8/16/2010 1/26/2000 - 4/27/2005
SWFWMD Water Quality Sampling Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 6/21/2018 8/4/1997 - 3/8/2016
USGS National Water Information System USGS National Water Information System 12/11/2018 10/25/1907 - 12/11/2018 7:15:00 PM
Water quality data collected by the City of Lakeland City of Lakeland 11/30/2018 8/10/1966 12:30:00 PM - 9/11/2018

 
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