National Hydrography Dataset - High Resolution - Minnesota

This page last updated: 04/11/2007
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Metadata Summary

Originator U. S. Geological Survey and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies. (USFS, MPCA, LMIC, SCSU)
Abstract The high resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) is a feature-based database that interconnects and uniquely identifies the stream segments or reaches that make up the nation's surface water drainage system. The original medium-resolution NHD (scale 1:100,000) was created by merging the USGS 1:100,000 DLG linework with the USEPA RF3 (Reach File 3) attribution. High resolution NHD (scale: 1:24,000) adds more accurate and detailed stream and lake information to the original 1:100,000-scale NHD. High resolution NHD contains reach codes for networked features and isolated lakes, flow direction, names, stream level, and centerline representations for areal water bodies. Reaches are also defined to represent waterbodies (lakes) and the approximate shoreline of Lake Superior. USGS is working in cooperation with several agencies to create high-resolution NHD data for all major watersheds in Minnesota, using the DNR 1:24,000 streams and lakes linework as the base. These agencies include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Land Management Information Center, the Spatial Analysis Research Center at St. Cloud State University, and the U. S. Forest Services Offices in the Chippewa and Superior National Forests.
Browse Graphic none available
Time Period of Content Date
Currentness Reference High-Res NHD is based on 1:100,000 NHD (Reach codes); 1999 USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Names; and DNR 1:24,000 streams and lakes linework. Metadata for individual CU's indicates the extraction dates of the datasets used in High-Res NHD processing.
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None. Acknowledgement of the originating agencies would be appreciated in products derived from these data
Distributor Organization U. S. Geological Survey and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ordering Instructions These data sets can be obtained by USGS Cataloging Unit (DNR Major Watershed) from the USGS NHD Website at http://nhd.usgs.gov/data.html Click on the link 'Obtaining NHD Data.' This links to a web mapping application which enables you to zoom in to the area of interest, view the CU's which have been completed, view metadata, and download the zipfile containing NHD data and metadata for the CU of choice. (In the map application, make visible the layer 'High Res Subbasins'). There are also instructions for going directly to the ftp site and downloading data for the CU of choice. This option works if you already know the CU number.
Online Linkage Click here to download data. (See Ordering Instructions above for details.) By clicking here, you agree to the notice in "Distribution Liability" in Section 6 of this metadata.

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National Hydrography Dataset - High Resolution - Minnesota

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1. Identification Information
2. Data Quality Information
3. Spatial Data Organization Information
4. Spatial Reference Information
5. Entity and Attribute Information
6. Distribution Information
7. Metadata Reference Information

 
Section 1 Identification Information   Top of page
Originator U. S. Geological Survey and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies. (USFS, MPCA, LMIC, SCSU)
Title National Hydrography Dataset - High Resolution - Minnesota
Abstract The high resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) is a feature-based database that interconnects and uniquely identifies the stream segments or reaches that make up the nation's surface water drainage system. The original medium-resolution NHD (scale 1:100,000) was created by merging the USGS 1:100,000 DLG linework with the USEPA RF3 (Reach File 3) attribution. High resolution NHD (scale: 1:24,000) adds more accurate and detailed stream and lake information to the original 1:100,000-scale NHD. High resolution NHD contains reach codes for networked features and isolated lakes, flow direction, names, stream level, and centerline representations for areal water bodies. Reaches are also defined to represent waterbodies (lakes) and the approximate shoreline of Lake Superior. USGS is working in cooperation with several agencies to create high-resolution NHD data for all major watersheds in Minnesota, using the DNR 1:24,000 streams and lakes linework as the base. These agencies include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Land Management Information Center, the Spatial Analysis Research Center at St. Cloud State University, and the U. S. Forest Services Offices in the Chippewa and Superior National Forests.
Purpose The National Hydrography Dataset is designed to provide comprehensive coverage of hydrologic data for the United States. The NHD is a national framework for assigning reach addresses to water-related entities, such as industrial discharges, drinking water supplies, fish habitat areas, wild and scenic rivers. Reach addresses establish the locations of these entities relative to one another within the NHD surface water drainage network much like addresses on streets. Once linked to the NHD by their reach addresses, the upstream/downstream relationships of these water-related entities--and any associated information about them--can be analyzed using software tools ranging from spreadsheets to geographic information systems (GIS). Because the NHD provides a nationally consistent framework for addressing and analysis, water-related information linked to reach addresses by one organization (national, state, local) can be shared with other organizations and easily integrated into many different types of applications. The NHD also incorporates the National Spatial Data Infrastructure framework criteria set out by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.
Time Period of Content Date
Currentness Reference High-Res NHD is based on 1:100,000 NHD (Reach codes); 1999 USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Names; and DNR 1:24,000 streams and lakes linework. Metadata for individual CU's indicates the extraction dates of the datasets used in High-Res NHD processing.
Progress Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency Irregular
Spatial Extent of Data Minnesota, statewide
Bounding Coordinates -97.5
-89.0
49.5
43.0
Place Keywords Minnesota. Baptism-Brule; Beaver-Lester; St. Louis; Cloquet; Beartrap-Nemadji; Mississippi Headwaters; Leech Lake; Prairie-Willow; Elk-Nokasippi; Pine; Crow Wing; Redeye; Long Prairie; Platte-Spunk; Sauk; Clearwater-Elk; Crow; South Fork Crow; Twin Cities; Rum; Lower Minnesota; Middle Minnesota; Watonwan; Le Sueur; Redwood; Cottonwood; Hawk-Yellow Medicine; Chippewa; Pomme de Terre; Blue Earth; Lac Qui Parle; Upper Minnesota; Upper St. Croix; Kettle; Snake; Lower St. Croix; Rush-Vermillion; Cannon; Buffalo-Whitewater; Zumbro; LaCrosse-Pine; Root; Coon-Yellow; Upper Iowa; Upper Wapsipinicon; Upper Cedar; Shell Rock; Winnebago; Des Moines Headwaters; Upper Des Moines; East Fork Des Moines; Bois de Sioux; Mustinka; Otter Tail; Upper Red; Buffalo; Elm-Marsh; Eastern Wild Rice; Sandhill-Wilson; Red Lake River; Red Lakes; Thief River; Clearwater; Grand Marais-Red; Snake (Red River); Lower Red; Two Rivers; Roseau; Upper Rainy; Rapid; Rainy Headwaters; Rainy Lake; Vermillion; Big Fork; Little Fork; Lake of the Woods; Upper Big Sioux; Lower Big Sioux; Little Sioux; Rock.
Theme Keywords inlandWaters, Hydrography, Stream / River, Lake / Pond, Canal / Ditch, Reservoir, Swamp / Marsh, Artificial Flowpaths, Reach, Waterbody, Watercourse, NHD, National Hydrography Dataset, High-Res
Theme Keyword Thesaurus ISO 19115 Topic Category
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None. Acknowledgement of the originating agencies would be appreciated in products derived from these data
Contact Person Information Mark Olsen,
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
Phone: 651-296-3412
FAX:
E-mail: mark.olsen@state.mn.us
Browse Graphic none available
Browse Graphic File Description
Associated Data Sets For additional project definition, background, documentation, access to both high-resolution and medium-resolution NHD data, tools, and documentation, see the USGS-NHD website at http://nhd.usgs.gov Metadata for each Cataloging Unit (CU) is provided with the downloaded data.

 
Section 2 Data Quality Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Attribute Accuracy See dataset specific metadata
Logical Consistency See dataset specific metadata
Completeness All 81 of the USGS Watershed Catalog Units have been completed for the state. Border watersheds include data from adjacent states. Any missing data within a watershed is described in the dataset specific metadata.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy See dataset specific metadata
Lineage USGS and USEPA provide tools for creating high-resolution NHD data, using 1:24,000 streams and lakes linework scanned from 1:24,000 quad maps, medium-resolution NHD, and conflation and editing routines. In Minnesota, high-resolution NHD is generally created using the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 1:24,000 streams and lakes linework rather than the DLG data. Additional local information is available for some CU's.

Because of this, Minnesota procedures differ in the pre-conflation stage from the standard USGS routines, but follow the standard for conflation and post-conflation processing. Metadata outlining data source and processing procedures is provided with the data download for each CU, and is accessible from the USGS NHD site. See dataset specific metadata for more information on actual processing steps.
Source Scale Denominator 24000
 
Section 3 Spatial Data Organization Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Native Data Set Environment Geodatabase
Geographic Reference for Tabular Data
Spatial Object Type Vector
Vendor Specific Object Types arc, polygon
Tiling Scheme USGS 8-digit Hydologic Unit or Cataloging Unit (CU); these units cover same geographic area as Minnesota DNR Major Watersheds. Where a CU crosses state boundaries, the entire CU is included.
 
Section 4 Spatial Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme Geographic (Lat. Long.)
Ellipsoid GRS80
Horizontal Datum NAD83
Horizontal Units Decimal degrees
Distance Resolution
 
Section 5 Entity and Attribute Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Entity and Attribute Overview See http://nhd.usgs.gov
Entity and Attribute Detailed Citation See http://nhd.usgs.gov/techref.html
 
Section 6 Distribution Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Publisher United States Geological Survey and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date Periodically revised
Contact Person Information

U. S. Geological Survey and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Phone:
FAX:
E-mail: nhd@usgs.gov
Distributor's Data Set Identifier nhd_24k - NHD High_Res
Distribution Liability
Transfer Format Name Arc/Info export file or Geodatabase
Transfer Format Version Number
Transfer Size Varies by CU
Ordering Instructions These data sets can be obtained by USGS Cataloging Unit (DNR Major Watershed) from the USGS NHD Website at http://nhd.usgs.gov/data.html Click on the link 'Obtaining NHD Data.' This links to a web mapping application which enables you to zoom in to the area of interest, view the CU's which have been completed, view metadata, and download the zipfile containing NHD data and metadata for the CU of choice. (In the map application, make visible the layer 'High Res Subbasins'). There are also instructions for going directly to the ftp site and downloading data for the CU of choice. This option works if you already know the CU number.
Online Linkage Click here to download data. (See Ordering Instructions above for details.) By clicking here, you agree to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above.
 
Section 7 Metadata Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Metadata Date 04/11/2007
Contact Person Information Susanne Maeder, GIS Data Coordinator
Minnesota Land Management Information Center (LMIC)
300 Centennial Building; 658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
Phone: 651-201-2488
FAX: 651-296-3698
E-mail: clearing.house@state.mn.us
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.lmic.state.mn.us/gc/stds/metadata.htm


This page last updated: 04/11/2007