WIN, the Watershed Information Network, is now live! WIN provides a modernized centralized environmental data management platform (excluding regulatory databases) as a successor to Florida STORET (STOrage and RETrieval).
WIN provides front-end quality assurance, data input, storage, and reporting of surface water (including sediment and fish tissue) and ground water data. WIN provides a platform for data providers to submit their data and perform data quality checking interactively prior to allowing the data to be migrated into the published WIN environment. WIN will be used to store and manage data, and to report data to interested users and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( U.S. EPA).
We would like to welcome all data providers to the new WIN, including current data providers to Florida STORET and new data providers. All data providers, whether current to Florida STORET or new, will need to register their organization in WIN to upload data, so please contact your WIN/STORET Coordinators to register your organization. Your data are crucial to our mission to provide sound environmental stewardship for Florida. Information on WIN (e.g., standards, frequently asked questions, example data templates) is available here. WIN/STORET Coordinators are available to assist you in registering your organization and using WIN.
Florida STORET remains available for data uploading through the end of 2017. 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 extractions (through STORET Public Access, SPA).
Through both the WIN and Florida STORET databases, the WIN/STORET section in the DEP Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration (DEAR) Office of Watershed Services implements Florida statutory requirements, DEP rule requirements and U.S. EPA funding requirements for management of environmental (non-regulatory) data for the state. Through these databases, your data support a wide range of DEP, DEAR and public uses, including but 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;
Development and assessment of water quality criteria, including Site Specific Alternative Criteria (SSACs).
Your data contributions help DEP better assess the quality of waters for basins in your area. The data you and other organizations submit to WIN and Florida STORET are available for browsing and downloading through WIN reports or SPA. The rewards associated with your data submission include watershed protection, restoration, and peace of mind. Your data are needed and appreciated!
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