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The Atlas contains 1158 water resources which includes 14 bays and 888 lakes and 255 rivers and the Gulf of Mexico . Data recorded in the Atlas reaches back 125 years, starting on Saturday, December 30, 1899. The most recent data is from Monday, June 17, 2024. Over 153,168,427 data samples have been included in the Atlas! The samples came from over 120 data sources provided by 42 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
1988 Land-Use and Land-Cover Southwest Florida Water Management District 3/20/2005
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 6/6/2011
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
Bird Rookeries within Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Estuary Program 7/1/2005
City of Tampa Basin Delineations City of Tampa 7/1/2005
Detailed Soil Survey Southwest Florida Water Management District 7/1/2005
Environmental Protection Agency Lake Regions Environmental Protection Agency 8/1/1996
Environmentally Sensitive Land Protection Program Sarasota County 3/1/2006
EPA Impaired Waters & TMDL Data US Environmental Protection Agency 10/23/2017
FDEP Impaired Waters & TMDL Data Florida Department of Environmental Protection Not Available
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (1996) Federal Emergency Management Agency 7/1/2005
Florida Major Roads Florida Department of Transportation 7/1/2005
FNAI Managed Lands / Conservation Data Florida Natural Areas Inventory 3/8/2019
FWRI Sea Turtle Nesting Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 6/1/2004
Hillsborough County Lake Bathymetry University of South Florida Water Institute 4/1/2006
Hillsborough County Watershed Delineations Hillsborough County Government 9/7/2009
Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) Basins Florida Department of Environmental Protection 9/1/2009
Manatee Synoptic Surveys Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 7/1/2005
Mote Marine Laboratory Manatee Aerial Surveys Mote Marine Laboratory Not Available
Non-Restorable Seagrass Tampa Bay Estuary Program 7/1/2005
Oil Spill Sensitive Areas Tampa Bay Estuary Program 7/1/2005
Population Density (2000) U.S. Department of Commerce 1/1/2000
Population Estimates for Watersheds U.S. Department of Commerce 12/31/2021
Sinkholes of Florida Florida Department of Environmental Protection 7/1/2005
SWFWMD Comprehensive Watershed Management Areas Southwest Florida Water Management District 8/7/2009
SWFWMD Radar Rainfall Estimates Southwest Florida Water Management District Not Available
SWFWMD Seagrass Beds Southwest Florida Water Management District 5/28/2021
Tampa Bay Estuary Program Watershed Delineations Tampa Bay Estuary Program 7/1/2005
Tampa Bay Hydrography Layer University of South Florida Water Institute 7/1/2005
Tampa Bay Potentiometric Areas Southwest Florida Water Management District 7/1/2005
Tampa Bay Restoration Sites Tampa Bay Estuary Program Not Available
Tampa Bay Shoreline - 1950 Tampa Bay Estuary Program 7/1/2005
TIGER Census Data Florida Department of Environmental Protection 7/1/2005
USGS 1:24,000 National Hydrography Dataset University of South Florida Water Institute 9/1/2009
USGS 1970's Land-Use and Land-Cover Florida Department of Environmental Protection Not Available
Water Atlas Sample Site Locations University of South Florida Water Institute 9/1/2009
Waters Not Attaining Standards (WNAS) Florida Department of Environmental Protection Not Available

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
Audubon Christmas Bird Count National Audubon Society Not Available Not Available
City of Lakeland City of Lakeland 6/18/2024 9/16/2014 9:40:00 AM - 3/6/2024
City of Plant City City of Plant City Not Available Not Available
City of St. Petersburg City of St. Petersburg 6/18/2024 3/20/2017 9:10:00 AM - 3/23/2023
City of St. Petersburg City of St. Petersburg 6/21/2018 6/26/2013 - 10/31/2017
City of St. Petersburg Coastal Water Quality City of St. Petersburg Not Available Not Available
City of Tampa Rainfall Monitoring Network City of Tampa Not Available 12:00:00 AM - 6/16/2024 11:00:00 PM
COAST Water Quality Monitoring Southwest Florida Water Management District 3/3/2016 1/26/2000 - 12/8/2009
Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System 8/7/2023 6/15/2008 8:00:00 AM - 6/17/2024 6:35:00 PM
COMMERCIAL LANDINGS DATA Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Not Available Not Available
Enviro-Audit Enviro-Audit 6/18/2024 8/15/2017 - 4/10/2024
Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County 6/18/2024 7/5/2017 10:09:00 AM - 3/29/2024
EPC Benthic Monitoring Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 4/11/2008 9/1/1993 8:12:00 AM - 9/26/2006 12:15:00 PM
EPC Fixed Continuous Water Monitoring Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 4/11/2008 5/14/2002 12:30:00 AM - 3/16/2018 11:00:00 AM
EPC HIMP Surveys Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 9/15/2023 3/2/2000 8:50:00 AM - 1/8/2009 12:58:23 PM
EPC Monthly Routine Water Monitoring Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 9/15/2023 1/3/1972 10:00:00 AM - 3/11/2020 10:48:36 AM
EPC Pollution Loading Estimates Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 9/15/2023 10/27/2005 12:00:00 PM - 6/23/2009 9:45:00 AM
EPC Tidal Streams Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 9/15/2023 5/8/2006 9:15:00 AM - 9/28/2006 2:53:00 PM
EPC Water Quality Data Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 9/15/2023 1/2/1974 - 9/27/2006
FDEP - Southwest Regional Operations Center FDEP Southwest Regional Operations Center 6/18/2024 9/23/2013 - 3/12/2024
FDEP - Watershed Assessment Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 6/18/2024 2/25/2014 9:30:00 AM - 3/13/2024
FDEP Aquatic Plant Survey Florida Department of Environmental Protection 8/7/2023 6/30/1983 - 10/30/2003
FDEP Charlotte Harbor Aquatic/Buffer Preserves Sampling Data Florida Department of Environmental Protection 8/7/2023 11/4/1996 - 5/1/2017
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET Florida Department of Environmental Protection 9/15/2023 6/2/1937 - 11/23/1998
FDEP Southwest Regional Operations Center FDEP Southwest Regional Operations Center 8/7/2023 5/14/1997 - 10/3/2017
FDEP Watershed Assessment Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 8/7/2023 8/21/2001 - 5/1/2013
FDEP Watershed Monitoring Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 6/18/2024 2/6/2011 10:07:00 AM - 2/12/2024
FDEP Watershed Monitoring Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 8/7/2023 10/5/1998 - 7/10/2017
FFWCC Triploid Grass Carp Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Not Available Not Available
Florida Automated Weather Network University of Florida 8/7/2023 5/26/2010 5:45:00 PM - 6/17/2024 7:45:00 PM
Florida Department of Health, DCEH Florida Department of Health 6/18/2024 4/3/2017 - 12/27/2023
Florida Healthy Beaches Program and Data (Bacterial Counts) Florida Department of Health 8/7/2023 7/31/2000 - 3/28/2017
Florida LAKEWATCH Florida LAKEWATCH 8/7/2023 1/15/1988 - 1/5/2017
Florida LAKEWATCH Florida LAKEWATCH 6/18/2024 4/13/2017 5:10:00 PM - 11/6/2023
Hillsborough County Environmental Management Division Hillsborough County Environmental Services 9/15/2023 1/4/2000 - 12/18/2019 11:15:00 AM
Hillsborough County Environmental Services Division Hillsborough County Environmental Services Division 6/18/2024 1/28/2019 11:23:00 AM - 12/6/2023
Hillsborough County Lake Assessments University of South Florida Water Institute 9/15/2023 7/22/2009 - 3/3/2015
Hydrologic, water quality, and biological assessments by USF Water Institute Staff USF Water Institute Assessments Not Available Not Available
IMAP Water Quality Data Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 8/7/2023 7/11/2000 - 7/13/2006
LAKEWATCH Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Florida LAKEWATCH 9/15/2023 8/16/1986 - 1/28/2019
Legacy Pinellas Water Quality Data Pinellas County 9/15/2023 1/2/1991 - 12/11/2002
Manatee County Continuous Rain/Stream Data Manatee County Department of Environmental Management Not Available Not Available
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling Data Manatee County 8/7/2023 1/11/1995 - 12/14/2017
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling Data Manatee County 6/18/2024 1/9/2018 10:06:00 AM - 12/6/2023
Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 5/10/2005 Not Available
Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC 6/18/2024 4/16/2012 - 12/13/2023
Mote Marine Historic Data from Legacy STORET Mote Marine Laboratory 9/15/2023 4/11/1990 - 5/10/1994
Mote Marine Laboratory Weather and Tide Data Mote Marine Laboratory 6/18/2024 4/8/1965 - 10/11/2021 10:30:00 PM
National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 8/8/2023 11/2/2007 2:54:00 AM - 6/17/2024 5:36:00 PM
National Weather Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Not Available Not Available
National Weather Service National Digital Forecast Database National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 8/7/2023 1/1/1900 - 6/17/2024 6:56:00 PM
Pasco County Stormwater Management Division Pasco County 6/18/2024 11/29/2005 12:00:00 PM - 2/14/2024
Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority (FL) Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority 8/7/2023 2/9/1993 - 12/22/2016
Physical Oceanographic Real-time System Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System Not Available 11/23/2008 9:30:00 PM - 6/17/2024 5:48:00 PM
Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management Pinellas County 6/18/2024 10/26/2002 - 12/26/2023
Pinellas County Florida Healthy Beaches data Pinellas County Department of Health Not Available Not Available
Pinellas County Red Tide Sampling Pinellas County Not Available Not Available
PINELLAS Water Quality Data Pinellas County 9/15/2023 1/2/1991 9:05:00 AM - 6/26/2017 2:58:00 PM
Quarterly Routine Water Monitoring Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 9/15/2023 5/11/2005 8:07:00 AM - 3/3/2020 11:51:20 AM
Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data Sarasota County 6/18/2024 2/24/1998 - 5/1/2024 2:30:00 PM
Sarasota County Florida Healthy Beaches monitoring data. Florida Department of Health Not Available Not Available
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET Sarasota County 9/15/2023 1/3/1989 - 10/14/1998
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Not Available Not Available
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 9/15/2023 1/9/1979 - 6/18/2003
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 8/7/2023 1/9/1979 - 6/13/2017
Southwest Florida Water Management District Southwest Florida Water Management District 6/18/2024 1/1/1991 - 1/10/2024
SWFWMD Hydrologic Data Section Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 6/17/2024 5/1/1930 - 6/17/2024 4:00:00 PM
SWFWMD Hydrologic Data Section Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 8/7/2023 1/1/1901 - 7/21/2008 4:45:00 AM
SWFWMD Water Quality Monitoring Program Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 8/7/2023 1/26/2000 - 4/27/2005
SWFWMD Water Quality Sampling Data Southwest Florida Water Management District 8/7/2023 8/4/1997 - 3/8/2016
Tampa Bay Water Tampa Bay Water 9/24/2021 4/18/2000 - 9/28/2016
Tampa Bay Water Tampa Bay Water 6/18/2024 10/17/2016 7:35:00 AM - 1/31/2024
USGS National Water Information System USGS National Water Information System 6/18/2024 10/25/1907 - 6/17/2024 10:15:00 PM

 
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