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The Atlas contains 519 water resources which includes 437 lakes and 82 rivers . Data recorded in the Atlas reaches back 122 years, starting on Monday, January 1, 1900. The most recent data is from Saturday, January 15, 2022. Over 27,220,744 data samples have been included in the Atlas! The samples came from over 73 data sources provided by 26 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
2010 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 7/12/2013
2014 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 4/1/2019
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 8/24/2018
FNAI Managed Lands / Conservation Data Florida Natural Areas Inventory 3/8/2019
Polk County 2016 FEMA Floodplain Boundaries Polk County 10/17/2017
Polk County Hydrography Layer University of 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 2/28/2007
Polk County Watershed Boundaries Polk County 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
SFWMD 1988 Land Use/Land Cover South Florida Water Management District 6/1/2011
SFWMD 1995 Land Use/Land Cover South Florida Water Management District 6/1/2011
SFWMD 1999 Land Use/Land Cover South Florida Water Management District 6/1/2011
SFWMD 2004 Land Use/Land Cover South Florida Water Management District 6/1/2011
SFWMD 2014-16 Land Use/Land Cover South Florida Water Management District 4/1/2019
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 University of South Florida Water Institute 9/1/2009
Water Atlas Sample Site Locations University of 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 9/24/2021 9/26/2005 - 6/18/2008
City of Lakeland City of Lakeland 1/5/2022 9/16/2014 9:40:00 AM - 12/8/2021 11:20:00 AM
Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County 1/5/2022 7/5/2017 10:09:00 AM - 10/27/2021 1:38:00 PM
EPC Water Quality Data Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 9/24/2021 1/2/1974 - 9/27/2006
FDEP - Central Regional Operations Center FDEP Central Regional Operations Center 1/5/2022 7/26/2012 9:13:00 AM - 11/22/2021 2:48:00 PM
FDEP - Southeast Regional Operations Center FDEP Southeast Regional Operations Center 1/5/2022 10/27/2016 2:15:00 PM - 11/1/2021 2:30:00 PM
FDEP - Southwest Regional Operations Center FDEP Southwest Regional Operations Center 1/5/2022 9/23/2013 10:00:00 AM - 11/17/2021 1:40:00 PM
FDEP - Watershed Assessment Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 1/5/2022 2/25/2014 9:30:00 AM - 11/15/2021 12:10:00 PM
FDEP Central Regional Operations Center FDEP Central Regional Operations Center 9/24/2021 1/11/1999 - 10/16/2017
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET Florida Department of Environmental Protection 9/24/2021 6/2/1937 - 11/23/1998
FDEP Southwest Regional Operations Center FDEP Southwest Regional Operations Center 9/24/2021 5/14/1997 - 10/3/2017
FDEP Watershed Assessment Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 9/24/2021 8/21/2001 - 5/1/2013
FDEP Watershed Monitoring Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 1/5/2022 2/6/2011 10:07:00 AM - 7/19/2021 1:29:00 PM
FDEP Watershed Monitoring Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 9/6/2019 10/5/1998 - 7/10/2017
Florida Automated Weather Network University of Florida Not Available 5/26/2010 5:45:00 PM - 1/15/2022 7:00:00 PM
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Water Quality Data Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission 1/6/2015 1/4/1996 - 5/5/2008
Florida LAKEWATCH Florida LAKEWATCH 1/5/2022 4/13/2017 5:10:00 PM - 10/20/2021 10:03:00 AM
Hydrologic, water quality, and biological assessments by USF Water Institute Staff USF Water Institute Assessments Not Available Not Available
IMC Agrico (Florida) IMC Agrico (Mosaic Fertilizer LLC) 9/24/2021 7/24/1994 - 9/19/2002
LAKEWATCH Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Florida LAKEWATCH 4/10/2019 8/16/1986 - 1/28/2019
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 - 1/15/2022 6:56:00 PM
Polk County Natural Resources Division Polk County 12/18/2018 7/25/1984 - 12/17/2015
Polk County NRD Polk County Not Available Not Available
Polk County Parks & Natural Resources Division Polk County 9/27/2021 7/24/1984 - 8/25/2021
Polk County Volunteer Rainfall Data Polk County 11/12/2009 9/20/1966 - 10/31/2009
SFWMD Water Quality Sampling Data South Florida Water Management District 9/24/2021 1/4/1978 - 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 1/5/2022 5/15/2007 12:00:00 PM - 12/8/2021 11:09:00 AM
Southwest Florida Water Management District Southwest Florida Water Management District 1/5/2022 1/1/1991 12:00:00 PM - 1/11/2021 11:00:00 AM
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 1/15/2022 5/1/1930 - 1/15/2022 5:00:00 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 1/6/2022 8/4/1997 - 3/8/2016
USGS National Water Information System USGS National Water Information System 1/15/2022 10/25/1907 - 1/15/2022 8:30:00 PM
Water quality data collected by the City of Lakeland City of Lakeland 9/24/2021 8/10/1966 12:30:00 PM - 6/8/2021
Winterhaven Water Quality Data City of Winter Haven Not Available Not Available

 
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