Hydrography - National Hydrography Dataset - Watershed Boundary Dataset
The National Map - Hydrography

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Comment by Alicia Rose on September 21, 2014 at 8:43pm

Headwater streams are the life blood of watersheds.  Protecting these streams helps to insure good water quality. USGS has developed the Dataset to improve the awareness of headwater streams. 

The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) are used to portray surface water on The National Map. The NHD represents the drainage network with features such as rivers, streams, canals, lakes, ponds, coastline, dams, and streamgages. The WBD represents drainage basins as enclosed areas in eight different size categories. Both datasets represent the real world at a nominal scale of 1:24,000-scale, which means that one inch of The National Map data equals 2,000 feet on the ground. To maintain mapping clarity not all water features are represented and those that are use a moderate level of detail.

Data on America's surface waters are available from the USGS in the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). The NHD includes data sets covering all streams and lakes at scales of 1:24,000 and 1:100,000. In some areas, the NHD is being supplemented with data larger than 1:24,000-scale.


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