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Watershed Management Districts and Organizations

This page last updated: 2010-08-04 09:55:31.0
Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines


Metadata Summary

Originator Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)
Abstract This data set depicts watershed district and watershed management organization boundaries throughout the state of Minnesota.

A watershed district (WD) is a special governmental unit created through a local petition process to address any of a number of possible water management issues (e.g. flood control, stream channel improvements, water conservation, drainage system management, sediment control, riparian area management, water quality protection and enhancement, etc.). Minnesota Statute Chapter 103D governs the formation and operation of watershed districts.

A watershed management organization (WMO) is defined as a watershed district wholly within the seven-county, Twin Cities Metropolitan Area or a joint powers entity established wholly or partly in the metropolitan area by special law or agreement to perform some or all of the functions of a watershed district. Minnesota Statute Chapter 103B governs the formation and operation of watershed management organizations.

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  • MANY BOUNDARY DISCREPANCIES EXIST WITH THIS DATA SET. See Lineage in Section 2 of this metadata for more details.
  • This layer represents our most current information on watershed districts and WMOs in the State of MN. The dataset is NOT error free, and boundaries are frequently being updated and changed, so these should be used for reference only. It was last updated in August 2003.
  • Water planning is either the responsibility of a watershed district or a water management org. If neither of these exist, then responsibility falls onto the county. For a more precise boundary determination, check with the BWSR board conservationist for the area in question.
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    Time Period of Content Date Within one month of current date.
    Currentness Reference Boundaries as known by Mn BWSR
    Access Constraints None
    Use Constraints None
    Distributor Organization Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
    Ordering Instructions See Online Linkage or Distribution Contact
    Online Linkage


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    2. Data Quality Information
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    5. Entity and Attribute Information
    6. Distribution Information
    7. Metadata Reference Information

     
    Section 1 Identification Information   Top of page
    Originator Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)
    Title Watershed Management Districts and Organizations
    Abstract This data set depicts watershed district and watershed management organization boundaries throughout the state of Minnesota.

    A watershed district (WD) is a special governmental unit created through a local petition process to address any of a number of possible water management issues (e.g. flood control, stream channel improvements, water conservation, drainage system management, sediment control, riparian area management, water quality protection and enhancement, etc.). Minnesota Statute Chapter 103D governs the formation and operation of watershed districts.

    A watershed management organization (WMO) is defined as a watershed district wholly within the seven-county, Twin Cities Metropolitan Area or a joint powers entity established wholly or partly in the metropolitan area by special law or agreement to perform some or all of the functions of a watershed district. Minnesota Statute Chapter 103B governs the formation and operation of watershed management organizations.

    Use Tips
  • MANY BOUNDARY DISCREPANCIES EXIST WITH THIS DATA SET. See Lineage in Section 2 of this metadata for more details.
  • This layer represents our most current information on watershed districts and WMOs in the State of MN. The dataset is NOT error free, and boundaries are frequently being updated and changed, so these should be used for reference only. It was last updated in August 2003.
  • Water planning is either the responsibility of a watershed district or a water management org. If neither of these exist, then responsibility falls onto the county. For a more precise boundary determination, check with the BWSR board conservationist for the area in question.
  • Purpose To help identify what areas of the state are administered by watershed management organizations.
    Time Period of Content Date Within one month of current date.
    Currentness Reference Boundaries as known by Mn BWSR
    Progress In Work
    Maintenance and Update Frequency As Needed
    Spatial Extent of Data Minnesota
    Bounding Coordinates -97.241792
    -91.090905
    49.07796
    43.43541
    Place Keywords Minnesota
    Theme Keywords Watershed, Watershed District, Watershed Management Organization, boundaries
    Theme Keyword Thesaurus None
    Access Constraints None
    Use Constraints None
    Contact Person Information Aaron Spence, GIS Specialist
    Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
    520 Lafayette Rd. N
    St. Paul, MN 55155
    Phone: (651) 296-0660
    FAX: 651-2975615
    E-mail:
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    Browse Graphic File Description
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    Section 2 Data Quality Information Top of full metadata Top of page
    Attribute Accuracy Source table ADM_WDWMOPY2.DBF: All reasonable measures have been taken to assure accurate entity and attribute information in this data set.
    Logical Consistency Not Specifically Assessed
    Completeness Complete over the state of Minnesota
    Horizontal Positional Accuracy Source layer wd_wmo: The horizontal accuracy of this data set is unknown. See lineage for more information.
    Vertical Positional Accuracy Source layer wd_wmo: Not Applicable
    Lineage Attribute Lineage for source table ADM_WDWMOPY2.DBF: Attributes are periodically updated as necessary
    Source Scale Denominator Source layer wd_wmo: 24000
     
    Section 3 Spatial Data Organization Information Top of full metadata Top of page
    Native Data Set Environment Shapefile
    Geographic Reference for Tabular Data None
    Spatial Object Type vector
    Vendor Specific Object Types polygon
    Tiling Scheme state
     
    Section 4 Spatial Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
    Horizontal Coordinate Scheme UTM
    Ellipsoid GRS1980
    Horizontal Datum NAD83
    Horizontal Units meters
    Distance Resolution Source layer wd_wmo: The horizontal accuracy of this data set is unknown. See lineage for more information.
    Altitude Datum Not Applicable
    Altitude Units Not Applicable
    Depth Datum Not Applicable
    Depth Units Not Applicable
    Cell Width
    Cell Height
    Latitude Resolution
    Longitude Resolution
    UTM Zone Number 15
    SPCS Zone Identifier
    County Coordinate Zone Identifier
    Coordinate Offsets or Adjustments Not Applicable
    Map Projection Name Transverse Mercator
    Map Projection Parameters Not Applicable
    Other Coordinate System's Definition Not Applicable
     
    Section 5 Entity and Attribute Information Top of full metadata Top of page
    Entity and Attribute Overview Data Elements for Attribute Table ADM_WDWMOPY2.DBF:

    NAME: Name of Watershed District / Watershed Management Organization

    TYPE: Watershed Management Unit Type

    ESTABLISH: Date of establishment.

    Entity and Attribute Detailed Citation
    Value Domain for Data Element TYPE:
    COU = County Administered Planning
    O = Orphan
    WD = Watershed District
    WMO = Watershed Management Organization
     
    Section 6 Distribution Information Top of full metadata Top of page
    Publisher Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)
    Publication Date 2004-01-01 00:00:00.0
    Contact Person Information Aaron Spence
    GIS Specialist
    Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
    520 Lafayette Rd. N
    St. Paul, MN 55155
    Phone: (651) 296-0660
    FAX: 651-2975615
    E-mail:
    Distributor's Data Set Identifier adm_wdwmopy2
    Distribution Liability
    Transfer Format Name Shapefile
    Transfer Format Version Number Not Applicable
    Transfer Size 1024
    Ordering Instructions See Online Linkage or Distribution Contact
    Online Linkage
     
    Section 7 Metadata Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
    Metadata Date 2010-08-04 09:55:31.0
    Contact Person Information Aaron Spence, GIS Specialist
    Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
    520 Lafayette Rd. N
    St. Paul, MN 55155
    Phone: (651) 296-0660
    FAX: 651-2975615
    E-mail:
    Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
    Metadata Standard Version 1.2
    Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.gis.state.mn.us/stds/metadata.htm



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