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Digital Water Atlas

Digital Water Atlas

The Digital Water Atlas (DWA) project supports the assessment of resource status and management options for Michigan's inland waters by developing spatially explicit information describing these waters. A wide variety of spatial and tabular datasets exist for the State of Michigan's aquatic resources and fisheries. Once data have been compiled, integrated, and referenced to a standard hydrography dataset. They are ready for distribution to various members of the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division and affiliates.

This project has a few specific objectives to support science-based management of Michigan's inland waters:

Develop a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) database for Michigan's inland waters that includes landscape-scale and site-specific variables;

Support ecological classification and research of inland lakes and streams; and

Support Michigan DNR Fishieries Division staff in their use of GIS for management purposes.