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The Atlas contains 852 water resources which includes 7 bays and 706 lakes and 139 rivers . Data recorded in the Atlas reaches back 122 years, starting on Saturday, December 30, 1899. The most recent data is from Friday, April 9, 2021. Over 75,321,713 data samples have been included in the Atlas! The samples came from over 103 data sources provided by 36 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
1938 Aerial Imagery University of South Florida Water Institute 9/1/2006
1998 Hillsborough County FEMA Q3 Data City of Tampa 7/25/2014 11:11:00 AM
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 6/6/2011
2010 Future Land Use Southwest Florida Water Management District 7/1/2005
2010 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 7/12/2013
2011 Aerial Imagery Southwest Florida Water Management District 9/24/2012
2014 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 4/1/2019
Artificial Reefs Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 8/6/2013
Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Hillsborough County Real Estate 12/27/2006
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
Hillsborough County Adopt a Pond Data Hillsborough County Government 2/1/2008
Hillsborough County Future Land Use The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission Not Available
Hillsborough County Lake Bathymetry University of South Florida Water Institute 4/1/2006
Hillsborough County Major Roads The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission 12/1/2003
Hillsborough County Road Centerlines Hillsborough County Real Estate 3/1/2009
Hillsborough County Stormwater Infrastructure Hillsborough County Government 1/1/2006
Hillsborough County Water Body Locations University of South Florida Water Institute 5/14/2005
Hillsborough County Water Body Locations University of South Florida Water Institute 2/1/2008
Hillsborough County Watershed Delineations Hillsborough County Government 9/7/2009
Hillsbourough County Sample Site Layer University of South Florida Water Institute 5/14/2005
Population Density (2000) U.S. Department of Commerce 1/1/2000
Population Estimates for Watersheds U.S. Department of Commerce 9/15/2011
SWFWMD Bathymetric Maps Southwest Florida Water Management District 6/1/2003
SWFWMD Radar Rainfall Estimates Southwest Florida Water Management District Not Available
SWFWMD Seagrass Beds Southwest Florida Water Management District 8/12/2018
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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