Watershed Health Assessment Framework

The Watershed Health Assessment Framework (WHAF) mapping application was developed to support natural resource management through an approach that emphasizes ecosystem health.<br/> <br/>The WHAF application delivers a suite of watershed health index scores, each index represents a unique facet of the ecosystem. The index scores are organized within the five components of ecosystem Health: Hydrology, Geomorphology, Biology, Connectivity, and Water Quality. This 5-Component model provides a consistent structure for delivering a balanced and repeatable exploration of watershed conditions.<br/><br/>In addition to health scores, the application provides access to:<br/>- Watershed boundaries with tools to visualize patterns of water movement. <br/>- 100+ GIS data layers that provide insights to support natural resource management decisions and planning efforts.<br/>- The ability to chart land cover at each watershed scale. <br/>- The ability to save and share interactive map layouts through custom links and bookmarks. <br/><br/>The WHAF application is accessible from any modern web browser, although we recommend using a recent version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. <br/><br/>The WHAF health scores are also available for use in desktop GIS software, the data can be downloaded from <a href=https://gisdata.mn.gov/dataset/env-watershed-health-assessment target=_blank>Watershed Health Assessment Scores</a>.<br/><br/>Data delivered through the application varies in origin and date of publication. Every effort is made to use the most current data available, and keep resources in sync with updates made to the source data. For detailed information regarding the data used to derive health scores, consult the <a href=https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/whaf/about/scores/index.html target=_blank>health score analysis documentation</a>. For detailed information regarding the source and publication data of additional GIS layers, consult the <a href=https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/whaf/about/gis_data_sources.html target=_blank>GIS Data Sources list</a>.<br/>

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Last Updated October 17, 2018, 10:02
Created July 4, 2018, 10:02
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dsModifiedDate 2018-10-17 00:03:06
dsOriginator Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
dsPeriodOfContent 4/13/2018