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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Eduardo Patino
Originator: Jeff Woods
Originator: Mark Zucker
Originator: Gordon Anderson
Publication_Date: 2018
Title: South Florida Hydrology Database
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: maps and data
Online_Linkage: https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/index.php
Online_Linkage: https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/sitelist.html
Description:
Abstract:
The South Florida Hydrology Database consists of water quality data across 21 possible parameters at 88 sites throughout southern Florida. The full site list, including station name, latitude, longitude, parameters, and location can be accessed at https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/sitelist.html. Site maps are available at https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/location.html The data were produced by several projects, including: Everglades Land-Margin Hydrology Database; Coastal Gradients of Flow, Salinity, and Nutrients; Freshwater Flows to Northeastern Florida Bay; Hydrologic Monitoring in Joe Bay; Flow Monitoring along the Tidal Caloosahatchee River and Tributaries West of Franklin Locks; Hydrodynamic and Salinity Characteristics of Rivers and Estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands; Southwest Florida Coastal and Wetland Systems Monitoring; Empirical Studies in Support of a Pink Shrimp, Farfantepenaeus duorarum; Simulation Model for Florida Bay, and Sediment Transport and Saline Intrusion on Cape Sable, Everglades National Park, FL (a USGS-NPS Water Quality Partnership Program project); and Hydrological Conditions of Mangrove Lakes Region of Everglades National Park.
Purpose:
The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2000 authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) as a framework for modifications and operational changes to the Central and Southern Florida Project needed to restore the south Florida ecosystem. Provisions within WRDA 2000 provide for specific authorization for an adaptive assessment and monitoring program. A Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP) has been developed as the primary tool to assess the system-wide performance of the CERP by the REstoration, COordination and VERification (RECOVER) program. The MAP presents the monitoring and supporting enhancement of scientific information and technology needed to measure the responses of the South Florida ecosystem. Hydrologic information throughout the Everglades ecosystem is the key to the development of restoration strategies and for future evaluation of restoration results. There are significant hydrologic information gaps throughout the Everglades wetlands and estuaries that need to be addressed, particularly along Florida’s southwest coast. Among these gaps are flow, water level, and salinity data.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 19951001
Ending_Date: 20180930
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent: Southwest Florida
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -82.01
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.35
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 26.73
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.75
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: hydrology
Theme_Keyword: monitoring
Theme_Keyword: wetland
Theme_Keyword: TIME
Theme_Keyword: Tides and Inflows in the Mangrove Ecotone
Theme_Keyword: estuaries
Theme_Keyword: slough
Theme_Keyword: marsh
Theme_Keyword: prairie
Theme_Keyword: surface water
Theme_Keyword: groundwater
Theme_Keyword: rain
Theme_Keyword: flow
Theme_Keyword: salinity
Theme_Keyword: water level
Theme_Keyword: temperature
Theme_Keyword: discharge
Theme_Keyword: specific conductance
Theme_Keyword: turbidity
Theme_Keyword: land margin
Theme_Keyword: ecotone
Theme_Keyword: mangrove
Theme_Keyword: Cypress
Theme_Keyword: sawgrass
Theme_Keyword: peat
Theme_Keyword: marl
Theme_Keyword: limestone
Theme_Keyword: aquifer
Theme_Keyword: sediment elevation table
Theme_Keyword: SET
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: inlandWaters
Theme_Keyword: 007
Theme_Keyword: 012
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1995, Countries, Dependencies, Areas of Special Sovereignty, and Their Principal Administrative Divisions, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 10-4, Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: US
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1987, Codes for the identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas of the United States, and associated areas (Federal Information Processing Standard 5-2): Washington, DC, NIST
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: FL
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1990, Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas, FIPS 6-3, Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: Collier County
Place_Keyword: Miami-Dade County
Place_Keyword: Monroe County
Place_Keyword: Lee County
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Geographic Names Information System
Place_Keyword: Everglades National Park
Place_Keyword: Big Cypress National Preserve
Place_Keyword: Ten Thousand Islands
Place_Keyword: Barron River
Place_Keyword: Broad River
Place_Keyword: Chatham River
Place_Keyword: Lopez River
Place_Keyword: New River
Place_Keyword: North River
Place_Keyword: Shark River
Place_Keyword: Turner River
Place_Keyword: Raulerson Brothers Canal
Place_Keyword: White Water Bay
Place_Keyword: Harney River
Place_Keyword: Jewfish Creek
Place_Keyword: Joe Bay
Place_Keyword: Lostmans River
Place_Keyword: McCormick Creek
Place_Keyword: Mud Creek
Place_Keyword: Seven Palm Lake
Place_Keyword: Taylor River
Place_Keyword: Taylor Slough
Place_Keyword: Trout Creek
Place_Keyword: East Creek
Place_Keyword: Manatee Bay
Place_Keyword: Card Sound
Place_Keyword: Onion Key
Place_Keyword: Alligator Creek
Place_Keyword: Blackwater River
Place_Keyword: East River
Place_Keyword: Faka Union River
Place_Keyword: Hancock Creek
Place_Keyword: Little Wood River
Place_Keyword: Orange River
Place_Keyword: Popash Creek
Place_Keyword: Pumpkin River
Place_Keyword: Punta Blanca
Place_Keyword: Shell Point
Place_Keyword: Telegraph Creek
Place_Keyword: Billys Creek
Place_Keyword: Fakahatchee River
Place_Keyword: Whale Harbor
Place_Keyword: Sandy Key
Place_Keyword: Conchie Channel
Place_Keyword: Indian Key Channel
Place_Keyword: Lake Ingraham
Place_Keyword: Cape Sable
Place_Keyword: Big Sable Creek
Place_Keyword: Homestead Canal
Place_Keyword: East Cape Canal
Place_Keyword: Florida Bay
Place_Keyword: Caloosahatchee River
Place_Keyword: Shark Slough
Place_Keyword: Johnson Creek
Place_Keyword: Rocky Creek Bay
Place_Keyword: Oyster Creek
Place_Keyword: West Lake
Place_Keyword: Cuthbert Lake
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword: Bottle Creek (Rookery Branch)
Place_Keyword: East Highway Creek
Place_Keyword: Manatee Bay Creek
Place_Keyword: Oregon Creek
Place_Keyword: Stillwater Creek
Place_Keyword: West Highway Creek
Place_Keyword: Card Sound Canal
Place_Keyword: Eden 3 Well (MO-211)
Place_Keyword: Eden 3
Place_Keyword: C-111 wetland
Place_Keyword: Central Everglades
Place_Keyword: SW Big Cypress
Place_Keyword: Deep Canal
Place_Keyword: Middle Grounds
Place_Keyword: Panhandle Cut
Place_Keyword: Port of the Islands
Place_Keyword: East Side Creek
Place_Keyword: Greater Lake Okeechobee
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints: none
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Mark A. Zucker
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 3321 College Ave.
Address: Center for Collaborative Research at Nova SE University
City: Davie
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33314
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 954-377-5952
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mzucker@usgs.gov
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/location.html
Browse_Graphic_File_Description: Location maps for data collected by the projects
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: JPEG
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/index.php
Browse_Graphic_File_Description: Google Map showing the location of data collection sites
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: Google Map
Data_Set_Credit:
Project personnel include Thomas J. Smith III, Karen M. Balentine, Lars Soderqvist, Craig Thompson, Jessica Flanigin, Marc Stewart, Jeffery Woods, Barclay Shoemaker, Paul Stumpner, Shane Ploos, Christian Lopez, Rich Kachelriess, Carrie Boudreau, Stephen Huddleston, Jessica Adams, Christa Walker, Kevin Whelan, Fara Ilami, Greg Ward, Trish Lavin, Stephanie Beeler, Tim Montfort, Eric Agterberg, Matt Seiler, Stephanie Cleaves, Suzanne Cwahla, Luz Romaro, Eric Carlson and all those international volunteers
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
ASCII text files as comma-separated values (.csv) files or tab-delimited text files via the Data Download option
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Anderson, Gordon H.
Originator: Smith, Thomas J. III
Originator: Balentine, Karen M.
Publication_Date: 2014
Title:
Land-Margin Ecosystem Hydrologic Data for the Coastal Everglades, Florida, Water Years 1996–2012
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Data Series Report
Issue_Identification: 853
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, VA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/853/
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Hittle, Clinton D.
Originator: Patino, Eduardo
Originator: Zucker, Mark A.
Publication_Date: 2001
Title:
Freshwater flow from estuarine creeks into northeastern Florida Bay
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report
Issue_Identification: 01-4164
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, VA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 5/23/2011
Online_Linkage: http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Abstracts/wri01_4164_hittle.html
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Hittle, Clinton D.
Originator: Zucker, Mark A.
Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
Northeastern Florida Bay estuarine creek data, Water Years 1996-2000
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: maps and data
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Digital Data Series
Issue_Identification: DS 105
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Tallahassee, FL
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 5/25/2011
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/ds105/
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Price, C.
Originator: Woolverton, J.
Originator: Overton, K.
Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
Water Resources Data for Florida, 2004, Volume 2A: South Florida Surface Water
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Water Data Report
Issue_Identification: FL-04-2A
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Florida
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 7/11/2011
Online_Linkage:
https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/reports/wtr_resources_data/WY04/index.html
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Hittle, Clinton H.
Originator: Patino, Eduardo
Originator: Zucker, Mark A.
Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
Hydrologic Characteristics of Estuarine River Systems within Everglades National Park
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Fact Sheet
Issue_Identification: 2004-3129
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Tallahassee, FL
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accesssed as of 5/25/2011
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2004/3129
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Rantz, S. E and others
Publication_Date: 1982
Title:
Measurement and computation of streamflow Volume 1: measurement of stage and discharge
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Water Supply Paper
Issue_Identification: 2175, vol. 1
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: unknown
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 5/23/2011
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/wsp/wsp2175
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Sauer, Vernon B.
Publication_Date: 2002
Title:
Standards for the analysis and processing of surface-water data and information using electronic methods
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report
Issue_Identification: 01-4044
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, VA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 5/23/2011
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/djvu/WRI/wrir_01_4044.pdf
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Wagner, R. J.
Originator: Boulger, Jr, R. W.
Originator: Oblinger, C. J.
Originator: Smith, B. A.
Publication_Date: 2006
Title:
Guidelines and standard procedures for continuous water-quality monitors: station operation, record computation, and data reporting
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Techniques and Methods
Issue_Identification: 1-D3
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: unknown
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details:
supersedes Water-Investigations Report 00-4252 accessed as of 5/25/2011
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/2006/tm1D3/
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Oberg, K. A.
Originator: Morlock, S. E.
Originator: Caldwell, W. S.
Publication_Date: 2005
Title:
Quality-assurance plan for discharge measurements using acoustic Doppler current profilers
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Scientific Investigations Report
Issue_Identification: 2005-5183
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, VA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details:
accessed as of 5/23/2011 Prepared in cooperation with the U. S. Amy Corps of Engineers, Detroit District
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2005/5183/
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Simpson, M. R.
Publication_Date: 2002
Title:
Discharge measurements using a broad-band acoustic Doppler current profiler
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 01-01
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Sacramento, CA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 5/23/2011
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2001/ofr0101/
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Ruhl, C. A.
Originator: Simpson, M. R.
Publication_Date: 2005
Title:
Computation of discharge using the index-velocity method in tidally affected areas
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Scientific Investigations Report
Issue_Identification: 2005-5004
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Sacramento, CA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details:
available online only; accessed as of 5/23/2011 Prepared in cooperation with the Interagency Ecological Program
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2005/5004
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Patino, Eduardo
Publication_Date: 1996
Title:
Feasibility of using acoustic velocity meters for estimating highly organic suspended-solids concentrations in streams
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 96-137
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Tallahassee, FL
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 5/25/2011
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/ofr/ofr96137
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Morlock, S. E.
Originator: Nguyen, H. T.
Originator: Ross, J. H.
Publication_Date: 2002
Title:
Feasibility of acoustic Doppler velocity meters for the production of discharge records from U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging stations
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report
Issue_Identification: 01-4018
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Indianapolis, IN
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 5/23/2011
Online_Linkage: http://pubs.usgs.gov/wri/2001/wri01_4157/
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Zucker, M.A.
Originator: Boudreau, C.L.
Publication_Date: 2010
Title: Sediment Transport on Cape Sable, Everglades National Park, FL
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: publication
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: unknown
Publisher: Joint Federal Interagency Conference
Other_Citation_Details:
accessed as of 7/8/2011 This paper is from the Proceedings of the Joint Federal Interagency Conference June 27 - July 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV. The Joint Conference included the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference and the 4th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference.
Online_Linkage:
https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/papers/sedtrans_csable/index.html

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
See: https://water.usgs.gov/admin/memo/policy/wrdpolicy10.02.html https://water.usgs.gov/admin/memo/policy/wrdpolicy10.02_attachment1.pdf

Data posted here are approved data following the guidelines posted above. Routinely, data from the portal are plotted to identify outliers or suspect data pulls from NWIS. Bryan McCloskey may have other QA/QC filters when storing the data.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Data collected include stage, salinity, temperature, discharge, specific conductance, rainfall and collection date and time. Not all sites have data for all parameters. Data collected ranged from every 15 minute to 1 hour on specific days during the water year. All water levels are referenced to NAVD-88 datum. Broad River and Lostmans River - NAVD-88 datum corrected, WY2001-2004 records revised as of 12-7-2006. Chatham River and Lopez River - NAVD-88 datum established at these locations, WY2001-2004 records revised as of 12-7-2006. Previous corrections for other sites have been incorporated into the South Florida Hydrology Data database. At the Lostmans River site on September 5, 2009, due to insignificant vertical stratification at this monitoring location the bottom salinity/temp probe was raised to mid-depth and time-series data assumed unchanged. At the Broad River site on March 12, 2008, due to insignificant vertical stratification at this monitoring location the top salinity/temp probe was lowered to mid-depth and time-series data assumed unchanged. At the Chatham River site on March 11, 2008, due to insignificant vertical stratification at this monitoring location the top salinity/temp probe was lowered to mid-depth and time-series data assumed unchanged. Specific to the Land-Margin Ecosystem hydrologic data: Parameters collected include; surface and groundwater levels, surface and groundwater specific conductivities (salinities derived), surface and groundwater temperatures, rainfall and collection date and time. Surface water levels collected hourly from 1995-2003 with 10-tip potentiometer. After 2003, surface water levels were collected every 15 minutes with SDI shaft encoder. Groundwater levels were collected hourly from 1995-2003 with passive resistance tape and every 15 minutes after 2003 with a pressure transducer. Specific conductance data were collected hourly from 1995-2003 with a single torodial sensor and pumping system. After 2003, specific conductance data were collected in situ with a conductance/temperature sonde every 15 minutes.
Completeness_Report:
Not all parameters were collected at all sites. Some sites have been discontinued. See the Sites List for Hydrology Data at https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/sitelist.html for a complete breakdown of the data collected for each site.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
Horizontal positions were established with the use of GPS equipment.
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy:
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
All water level data is referenced to a datum, usually the datum of NAVD 88. Elevations are determined using differential methods or via GPS methods.

For more information, see: https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/gazetteer/methodology.php http://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/tm3A19/ http://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/11d1/
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Several methods were used in the study to describe the magnitude and distribution of flow and salinity at the mangrove transition zone and along the southern coastline of Florida. Field data-collection procedures and discharge calculation techniques for instrumented stations are summarized below. Field data collection water level, temperature, salinity, and discharge data collected at instrumented sites included continuous (15-minute or hourly) measurements of water level, water velocity, salinity/specific conductance, temperature, and periodic measurements of discharge for index velocity calibrations. More information on index velocity techniques is discussed in Hittle and others (2001) and Morlock and others (2002), and Ruhl and other (2005). Stations with transmitting data loggers send field data hourly into the database of the Caribbean Florida Water Science Center (CFWSC) Davie office by way of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). Non-transmitting sites are routinely serviced and field data is manually uploaded to the USGS database. Boat mounted acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) were used to measure discharge at the estuarine monitoring stations. The ADCP uses the Doppler shift in returned acoustic signals reflected by particles suspended in the water to determine the velocity of moving water (Simpson 2002 and Oberg and others 2005). The ADCP also has the capability to measure water depth, flow direction, and speed of the boat based on acoustic reflections from the streambed. Discharge and flow direction are both calculated from information provided by the ADCP and computer software. The mean water velocity is calculated by dividing the total measured discharge by the cross-sectional area corresponding to the water level at the time of measurement (Sauer 2002 and Ruhl and others 2005). Acoustic velocity meter (AVM) and acoustic Doppler velocity meter (ADVM) systems were used to measure continuous water velocity. The velocity measured by the ADVM systems represents an "index" of the mean water velocity. The index velocity is a measured velocity at the instrumented sites that can be used to compute the mean channel velocity. Water level data are used to determine water depth and to calculate the stage-dependent cross-sectional area. Water level data were collected by an incremental shaft encoder equipped with a pulley, stainless-steel tape, weight, and float inside an 8 in. polyvinyl chloride pipe stilling well (Sauer 2002), pressure sensors, or acoustic transducers. Corrections to water level data follow USGS quality assurance quality control protocols (Rantz and others 1982 and Sauer 2002). Salinity is measured near the water surface and the bottom of the water column to help determine the presence of freshwater flow and to examine potential effects on the acoustic signals caused by salinity stratification. Continuous salinity measurements are important for describing the seasonal patterns of freshwater flow (wet/dry season) and for identifying bi-directional flow. Elevations of the continuous monitors are available upon request. Temperature is measured to acquire physical information on creek or wetland characteristics, and to monitor possible vertical gradients that also could affect acoustic signals. Due to biological fouling and electronic drift, the continuous monitor requires routine cleaning and calibration to maintain data quality. During the period of record (water years 1996-2003), continuous monitors were calibrated during site visits to ambient conditions using a reference probe (USGS National Field Manual). Ambient salinity conditions were measured with a portable reference probe that was calibrated and or verified against a range of laboratory specific conductance standards. The determination of fouling and drift errors from water year 2003 to current follow the guidelines set forth in Wagner and others (2006). Reference temperature probes are verified against a NIST thermometer prior to field trips. When in situ temperature measurements differ by more than 0.2°C when compared to the reference temperature probe, the in situ probe is replaced. Rainfall monitoring was done with a remote tipping bucket style rain gauge used to measure 15 minute liquid precipitation at Upstream North River, Card Sound Canal and West Highway Creek. Daily rainfall in inches is published by water year. Maintenance consists of routine cleaning of debris from the filter screen, and annual calibration/verification with a known rate and volume dispenser. The gage is adjusted when the calibration error is greater than 5%. Data collection, processing, storage, and publication meet USGS standards (USGS 2006). Format for the hydrology data Water level, discharge, salinity/specific conductance, water temperature, and rainfall data were collected in estuarine creeks, the mangrove/wetland transition zone, and the freshwater wetlands of south Florida. Published data are presented as computed unit-value data under separate files by water year for stations not included in the South Florida Hydrology Data database. The data format used is comma-separated value (csv) files that can be imported into most spreadsheet programs. The data are separated by individual stations (see sites listing), water year (October 1 to September 30), and when necessary, by parameter. Data collection activities varied from real-time instrumented to non-transmitting sites. Salinity/specific conductance and water temperature generally were measured within a few feet of the water surface (near surface) and within a few feet of the river bottom (near bottom). In some cases (wetland or well mixed sites), salinity/specific conductance and water temperature are measured at a single location in vertical profile. Elevations of the continuous monitors are available upon request. Water level is reported in feet as referenced to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88), discharge in cubic feet per second, specific conductance in micro-siemens per centimeter, salinity in parts per thousand, and temperature in degrees Celsius. Specific to the Land-Margin Ecosystem hydrologic data only: Data were collected, processed, stored and published with the Land-Margin Ecosystem project followed a study-designed protocol developed from USGS/WRD, state and other federal agencies methods, protocols and standards. These data were neither processed, nor reviewed by the USGS/WRD and should be considered “furnished” data to the South Florida Hydrology Database in accordance to USGS data policy.
Process_Date: 2006
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Data for East Creek near Homestead, FL, Eden 3, and Eden 3 well (MO-211) were added in 2008. 2007 data were added for all sites.
Process_Date: 2008
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Mark A. Zucker
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 3321 College Ave.
Address: Center for Collaborative Research at Nova SE University
City: Davie
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33314
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 954 377-5952
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mzucker@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
A Help Page is included to guide users through the choices of variables, stations, data output, and data organization.
Process_Date: 2009
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Bryan McCloskey
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8017
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: bmccloskey@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description: Data for Land Margin Ecosystem Hydrology gages from 1996-2012
Process_Date: 2012
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Gordon H. Anderson
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 7920 NW 71st Street
City: Gainesville
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 32653
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 352-264-3487
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gordon_anderson@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The Shark, Lostmans and Chatham transects were established across the marsh/mangrove ecotone in the southwest coastal Everglades. While these estuaries differ in reach, ecotone and freshwater inflow regimes, they collectively represent the coastal hydrology of the southwestern Everglades. Each gage had a surface and groundwater well to evaluate variability of surface and shallow groundwater hydrodynamics. Data collected and stored at instrumented sites using on site data controller/logger. Stations transmitted data from the loggers every 1 to 4 hours via the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). Data were transferred from the GOES data retrieval site (Wallops, VA) to Everglades National Park hydrologic database. Non-transmitting sites are routinely serviced and field data is manually uploaded to the database. Surface water level data were collected inside a 12 in. polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe stilling well and groundwater level data were collected inside a PVC pipe (4 in.) with a slotted well screen (0.02 ft.) within the limestone aquifer. Surface water salinity was measured near the water surface and groundwater salinity was measured at the well screen. Continuous salinity measurements for both surface and groundwater are important to describe seasonal surface-groundwater hydrodynamic patterns between the wet and dry season. Elevations of the continuous monitors are available upon request. Temperature is measured to acquire physical information variability of surface mangrove and wetlands and shallow aquifer. Due to biological fouling and electronic drift, the continuous monitor requires routine cleaning and calibration to maintain data quality. During the period of record (water years 1996-2003), continuous monitors were calibrated during site visits to ambient conditions using a reference probe. Ambient salinity conditions were measured with a portable reference probe that was calibrated and or verified against a range of laboratory specific conductance standards. The determination of fouling and drift errors followed study guidelines set forth in project SOP document. Reference temperature probes are verified against a NIST thermometer prior to field trips. When in situ temperature measurements consistently differed by more than 1 °C when compared to the reference temperature probe, the field probe was replaced. Rainfall A remote tipping bucket style rain gauge was used to measure hourly minute liquid precipitation at SH1, SH2, SH5, LO1, LO2, LO4, CH1, CH2 and BSC. Daily rainfall in inches is published by water year. Maintenance consists of routine cleaning of debris from the filter screen, and annual calibration/verification with a known rate and volume dispenser. The gage is adjusted when the calibration error is greater than 5%. Data collection, processing, storage, and publication meet study calibration standards. Format for the hydrology data Water level, salinity/specific conductance, water temperature, and rainfall data were collected in freshwater marsh, near the mangrove-marsh ecotone and within the coastal mangrove, Everglades National Park, Florida. Water level is reported in decimal feet as referenced to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88), specific conductance in microsiemens per centimeter, salinity in practical salinity units, rainfall in inches and temperature in degrees Celsius.
Process_Date: 2012
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Gordon Anderson
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 7920 NW 71st Street
City: Gainesville
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 32653
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 352-264-3487
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gordon_anderson@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Creation of the South Florida Hydrology Data database: A data download option has been added for the following stations: Bottle Creek, C-111 Wetland, Card Sound Canal, EDEN 3, East Creek near Homestead, East Highway Creek, G-3763, G-3764, G-3776, G-3777, Harney River, Jewfish Creek, Joe Bay 1E, Joe Bay 2E, Joe Bay 5C, Joe Bay 8W, MO-198, MO-199, MO-211, Manatee Bay Creek, McCormick Creek, Mud Creek, North River, Oregon Creek, Seven Palm Lake, Shark River, Stillwater Creek, Taylor River Mouth, Taylor Slough Wetland, Trout Creek, Upstream Broad River, Upstream Lostmans River, Upstream North River, Upstream Taylor River, and West Highway Creek. The user has the option of choosing up to 9 stations with an unlimited number of variables per download or up to four variables with an unlimited number of stations per download; additional data may be obtained by multiple downloads. Users also have a choice of output format - comma-separated values (csv) or tab-delimited text files and output organization by variables or station. A Help Page is included to guide users through the choices of variables, stations, data output, and data organization.
Process_Date: 2009
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Bryan McCloskey
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8017
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: bmccloskey@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Data Download capability has been added for the following stations: Alligator Creek, Barron River, Broad River, Chatham River, Lopez River, Lostmans River, New River, Onion Key, and Turner River. The following enhancements have been made to the database: 1. Data through Water Year (WY) 2009 has been added for all stations. 2. The database has been restructured to provide faster downloads which removed the previous restrictions on the number of variables and stations that could be downloaded at one time. 3. Pop-up windows are linked to the station names 4. Units have been added to the variables 5. Period of Record (POR) information has been added for the individual stations 6. Links are added to real-time and daily NWIS records, where available, for all sites
Process_Date: 2010
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Bryan McCloskey
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8017
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: bmccloskey@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Download data for the following stations has been added to the database: Billys Creek, Blackwater River, Deep Canal, East River, Faka Union Below Weir, Faka Union Boundary Marker, Faka Union River, Hancock River, Little Wood River, Marker 52, Orange River, Popash Creek, Port of the Islands, Pumpkin River, Punta Blanca, Shell Point, Telegraph Creek, Upstream Faka Union River, Upstream Fakahatchee River, and Upstream Little Wood River,
Process_Date: 201008
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Bryan McCloskey
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8017
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: bmccloskey@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Download data for Conchie Channel, Indian Key Channel, Middle Grounds, Panhandle Cut, Sandy Key, and Whale Harbor stations associated with the Pink Shrimp project (Robblee/Hittle) were added to the database.
Process_Date: 201105
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Bryan McCloskey
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8017
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: bmccloskey@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Data update notes added for the Broad River, Chatham River and Lostmans River sites about moving the location of the salinity/temperature probes. Published data were added for 2009-2010 Lake Ingraham sites (Homestead Canal, East Cape Canal, and East Side Creek).
Process_Date: 2011
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Bryan McCloskey
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8017
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: bmccloskey@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
WY2011 data for all continuing parameters was loaded. Specific conductance data for WY2011 was added for the following sites: Joe Bay 1E, Joe Bay 2E, Joe Bay 5C, Joe Bay 8W, Seven Palm Lake, Shark River. Surface Specific Conductance data for WY2011 was added for the following sites: Card Sound Canal, Harney River, McCormick Creek, Mud Creek, Taylor River Mouth, Trout Creek, Upstream Taylor River, West Highway Creek. Bottom Specific Conductance data for WY2011 was added for the following sites: Card Sound Canal, Jewfish Creek, Manatee Bay Creek, McCormick Creek, Mud Creek, North River, Stillwater Creek, Taylor River Mouth, Trout Creek, Upstream Broad River, Upstream Lostmans River, Upstream North River, Upstream Taylor River, West Highway Creek. Stage data for WY2009-2011 was added for Seven Palm Lake.
Process_Date: 2012
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Bryan McCloskey
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8017
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: bmccloskey@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Data for Raulerson Brothers Canal at Cape Sable, FL were added (2011-09-23 to 2012-09-30). All water year 2012 data were added for all sites
Process_Date: 2013
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Mark Zucker
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 3321 College Ave.
Address: Center for Collaborative Research at Nova SE University
City: Davie
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33314
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 954-377-5952
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mzucker@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
A data download option has been added for the following stations: Shark 1, Shark 2, Shark 3, Shark 4, Shark 5, Big Sable Creek, Lostmans 1, Lostmans 2, Lostmans 3, Lostmans 4, Chatham 1, Chatham 2 and Chatham 3. The user has the option of choosing up to 9 stations with an unlimited number of variables per download or up to four variables with an unlimited number of stations per download; additional data may be obtained by multiple downloads. Users also have a choice of output format - comma-separated values (csv) or tab-delimited text files and output organization by variables or station. A Help Page is included to guide users through the choices of variables, stations, data output, and data organization. The following enhancements have been made to the database: 1. Data through Water Year (WY) 1996 has been added for all stations. 2. The database has been restructured to provide faster downloads which removed the previous restrictions on the number of variables and stations that could be downloaded at one time. 3. Pop-up windows are linked to the station names 4. Units have been added to the variables 5. Period of Record (POR) information has been added for the individual stations 6. Links are added to daily records, where available, for all sites
Process_Date: 2013
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Bryan McCloskey
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8017
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: bmccloskey@usgs.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Ongoing data collection from USGS monitoring stations Alligator Creek, McCormick Creek, and Seven Palm Lake will be used to support the development of a water budget for the Lakes region. Three additional flow monitoring stations were installed in 2014 to assist with the water budget effort. Continuous water level measurements will be collected at Oyster Creek, West Lake Outlet, and Cuthbert Lake Outlet each representing flow to and from the large lakes (West Lake, Cuthbert Lake, Long Lake, and Seven Palm Lake) along with bi-monthly discharge measurements to develop index velocity rating. USGS will be supporting data collection at 1of the 3 flow monitoring locations. These data will be published on the USGS NWIS web site and final quality assured data will also be published on the USGS SOFIA Data Exchange web site. See https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/sitelist.html#manlakes for access.
Process_Date: 2013
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Mark Zucker
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 3321 College Ave.
Address: Center for Collaborative Research at Nova SE University
City: Davie
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33314
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 954-377-5952
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 954-377-5901
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mzucker@usgs.gov

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Indirect_Spatial_Reference: South Florida
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: Point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 88

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 1
Longitude_Resolution: 1
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Degrees, minutes, and decimal seconds
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257
Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Altitude_System_Definition:
Altitude_Datum_Name: North American Vertical Datum of 1988
Altitude_Resolution: 0.01
Altitude_Distance_Units: feet
Altitude_Encoding_Method:
Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
Data Variables include: Date (YYYYMMDD); Time; Stage (ft.); Groundwater Level (ft.) Precipitation (in.); Temperature (deg. C); Surface Temperature (deg. C); Bottom Temperature (deg. C); Groundwater Temperature (deg. C); Groundwater Temperature Secondary (deg. C); Salinity (PPT/PSU); Surface Salinity (PPT/PSU); Bottom Salinity (PPT/PSU); Groundwater Salinity (PPT/PSU); Groundwater Salinity Secondary (PPT/PSU); Discharge (ft.3/s); Filtered Discharge (ft.3/s); Specific Conductance (microS/cm); Surface Specific Conductance (microS/cm); Bottom Specific Conductance (microS/cm); Groundwater Specific Conductance (microS/cm); Groundwater Specific Conductance (microS/cm); and Turbidity (FNU). Missing data are indicated by #N/A, 1.23E+25, or blanks.
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: USGS

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather S. Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 600 4th St. South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: hhenkel@usgs.gov
Resource_Description: South Florida Hydrology Data database
Distribution_Liability: The data have no explicit or implied guarantees.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: ASCII
Format_Version_Number: see Format Specification
Format_Specification: comma-separated values (.csv) or tab-delimited text files
Format_Information_Content:
Data for the stations with selectable variables, time frame, output format, and output organization
File_Decompression_Technique:
The downloaded file with the specified parameters is zipped and must be unzipped before use.
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/index.php
Access_Instructions:
The South Florida Hydrology Data database may be downloaded from the SOFIA website.
Fees: none
Ordering_Instructions:
Data can be accessed at the Data Exchange page, https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/index.php or from the site list, https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/sfl_hydro_data/sitelist.html

Some parts of the data stream can be accessible via NWISWeb or upon request. See site list for more details.

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20180820
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 4th Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-502-8028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-502-8182
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sofia-metadata@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Access_Constraints: none
Metadata_Use_Constraints:
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