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SuiteWater

The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Natural Resources Planning Tool

Project Dates:

Phase I: March 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011
Phase II: January 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013
Phase III: February 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017

Stewardship ongoing

Funding Sponsor:
Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts

WyGISC: 
Jeff Hamerlinck
Phil Polzer
Jim Oakleaf
Jalynda Mckay
Jason Writer
Teal Wyckoff

Website:

SuiteWater: Natural Resources Planning and Analysis Tool for Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts

Check out the SuiteWater public online mapping application to learn more about your watershed

Project Description:
Huge amounts of financial and human resources are annually expended in the development of natural resource planning to meet conservation objectives in Wyoming. Planning efforts on watershed scales require the compilation of large amounts of spatial and tabular information. In the past the tools and information for completing these plans have been located in a variety of formats and locations, requiring significant inputs of time, effort, and money to bring them into the planning process. In addition, watershed level planning often used data sources and information that differed significantly from plan to plan, thus making compatibility and comparisons over large spatial extents impossible. This project aimed at developing a web-based interface to integrate GIS, spatial data, textual information, photography, archived documents, user-generated content, and other information for incorporation into the resource planning process and the associated development of planning documents.

Currently, in Wyoming, there are a number of watershed-level planning efforts performed in order to document, describe, analyze and maintain the health and vitality of Wyoming’s waters and lands. We looked at different watershed level planning in the state such as WACD-lead Watershed Planning, WDEQ Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and Wyoming Water Development Commission Level 1 Watershed Studies and identified the common spatial, photographic, and tabular data used in these processes. The thirty-four conservation districts in Wyoming have led or are leading in the development of watershed-level planning in their districts in all of the aforementioned areas. The districts believe that watershed planning should be stakeholder driven. District-led planning has been facilitated by the local conservation district personnel with technical support provided by WACD staff and other involved agencies or entities such as the NRCS of Wyoming, University of Wyoming (UW), and Wyoming DEQ.

A watershed plan, as outlined by the Watershed Strategic Plan guidance document published by WACD in 1996 and revised in 2000, follows an eight-step process. These steps follow a typical planning life-cycle and include: 1) watershed inventory or assessment, 2) issue identification and prioritization, 3) creation of goals and objectives to address issues, 4) develop an implementation plan containing tasks and/or policies to support the plan, 5) identify funding to support implementation, 6) assign responsibilities for executing the implementation, 7) identify ways to evaluate and monitor implementation, and 8) plan adoption. Most plans start with the watershed inventory or assessment and from there can become a reiterative process until a plan is adopted or a former plan updated. Regardless of whether a conservation district is planning, developing, implementing or monitoring these watershed plans, there is a need to provide districts with the most accurate and timely data available to support their planning activities.


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