Paper/Poster/Presentation Title

A Web-based Healthy Watersheds Assessment Framework

Keywords

healthy watershed, prioritization, web service

Start Date

25-6-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

25-6-2018 10:20 AM

Abstract

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office created the Healthy Watersheds Program to highlight protection of high quality waters. Assessment of healthy watershed characteristics can be made with many publically available national scale datasets. These individual health indicators, like percent natural land cover, can be combined into sub-indices for categories, like landscape condition, and combined for a total watershed health index. When these indices are standardized, it allows a comparison of watersheds, which is useful for selection of ecologically sensitive watersheds for protection or impaired watersheds for restoration programs. Past healthy watershed assessments have compiled watershed scores at the catchment level. This study focuses on the assessment of the 12-digit hydrologic unit code (HUC12) scale. A decision support system was developed using the web-based GIS platform, the Environmental Resources Assessment and Management System (eRAMS), which enables rapid healthy watershed assessments. The system includes innovative capacities for access and retrieval of national scale datasets, multi-criteria decision analysis, and report generation.

Stream and Session

C12: Connecting Environment, Technology, and Society: Integrated Decision Support Tools for System-Level Analysis

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A Web-based Healthy Watersheds Assessment Framework

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office created the Healthy Watersheds Program to highlight protection of high quality waters. Assessment of healthy watershed characteristics can be made with many publically available national scale datasets. These individual health indicators, like percent natural land cover, can be combined into sub-indices for categories, like landscape condition, and combined for a total watershed health index. When these indices are standardized, it allows a comparison of watersheds, which is useful for selection of ecologically sensitive watersheds for protection or impaired watersheds for restoration programs. Past healthy watershed assessments have compiled watershed scores at the catchment level. This study focuses on the assessment of the 12-digit hydrologic unit code (HUC12) scale. A decision support system was developed using the web-based GIS platform, the Environmental Resources Assessment and Management System (eRAMS), which enables rapid healthy watershed assessments. The system includes innovative capacities for access and retrieval of national scale datasets, multi-criteria decision analysis, and report generation.