The Office of Watershed Services (OWS) provides data management, support and analyses to DEAR, DEP and the public through two sections: the WIN/STORET Section and the GIS Section. OWS also manages WIN database development projects.
WIN, the Watershed Information Network, is the successor environmental database to Florida STORET. WIN is newly available (second quarter 2017) for data uploading. Through both the WIN and Florida STORET databases, the WIN/STORET Section implements Florida statutory requirements, DEP rule requirements and U.S. EPA funding requirements for management of environmental (non-regulatory databases) data for the state.
The WIN/STORET Section manages data provided by ~80 active data providers, both internal (e.g., DEAR programs, Regional Operations Centers) and external (e.g., water management districts, counties, local government, volunteer organizations). Management of the data includes working with data providers to assist them with loading their data to WIN and Florida STORET, and providing assistance to them on data quality assurance, integrity, and data maintenance. Additionally, our WIN/STORET Coordinators assist with database-related inquiries, including data extraction, such as through the STORET Public Access (SPA) site, or the upcoming WIN Reports (available third quarter 2017). We also upload Florida STORET and WIN data to the U.S. EPA Water Quality Exchange (WQX) per U.S. EPA 106 grant requirements.
The work of the WIN/STORET Section supports a wide range of DEP and DEAR activities. Those activities include, but are not limited to, providing data for use in assessment of Florida surface waters for purposes of Impaired Waters Rule (IWR) determinations, development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) implementation, and development and assessment of water quality criteria, including Site Specific Alternative Criteria (SSACs).
Each WIN/STORET Coordinator works with data providers in assigned areas aligned by DEP regulatory districts. A list of WIN/STORET Coordinators, their assigned districts and contact information are provided here. Data providers who currently load data to Florida STORET can continue to do so through December 2017. After December 2017, Florida STORET will no longer be available for data uploads, and all data must be uploaded to WIN. Once data loading to Florida STORET ends, it will remain available for data extraction (through SPA).
The GIS Section also provides support to a wide range of DEP and DEAR activities. Examples of support to DEAR programs include creating new geospatial data, running land use analyses and differential statistics, contacting data providers to obtain data, and generating hard copy maps as well as multiple layer, interactive PDFs. Activities of the GIS Section include:
Providing support to and development of Waterbody ID (WBID) GIS layers for IWR runs
Providing support to the full TMDL process from the assessment through the TMDL development to the BMAP implementation
Providing analysis and map-making support for criteria development purposes
Serving as the Florida stewards of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) through a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Developing and updating of GIS ArcSDE (Spatial Data Engine) layers such as for the NHD, Outstanding Florida Waters (OFWs) and Class IV canals
Updating the Land Use Land Cover (LULC) for the Florida Panhandle area
Supporting DEAR mapping requests from legislative needs to meeting room statewide murals to creating models
Providing GIS training for DEAR and DEP staff as requested
Office of Watershed Services Bob Martinez Center 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3526 Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
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