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Mapping Hawaii’s water resources
Released: 9/10/2009 11:00:00 AM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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A new program to improve mapping of Hawaii’s water resources will result in better water planning and usage as scientists and resource managers understand the landscape and make informed decisions that affect the environment and the public.

The State of Hawaii and the U.S. Geological Survey have joined forces to improve the mapping of surface water in the state. Hawaii’s Department of Health, Department of Land and Natural Resources and the State Office of Planning will work together with the USGS to update the surface-water base map produced by the federal government using local knowledge of the resource from within the state.

Known as the National Hydrography Dataset, this highly detailed computer database of the nation’s surface water resources will enable scientists to link data about water quality, water flow, aquatic species, and other important information.

A more complete database of surface water information for Hawaii will improve understanding of the resource, provide better data for decision-making, and expand the exchange of information between government agencies.

For more information, visit the USGS National Hydrography Dataset website.

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