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Florida Lake Management Society Annual Conference, Naples, Florida, June 4 – 7, 2007

THE WATER ATLAS ADOPT-A-POND COMPONENT A NEW TOOL FOR MANAGING STORMWATER POND IN FLORIDA

Ron Chandler, Jim. Griffin, Rich Hammond, Kevin Kerrigan, Jason Scolaro, Karen Dufraine and Shawn Landry USF-FCCDR Tampa, FL

Purpose and Scope

This poster presentation is focused on the design of the new Adopt-A-Pond web component now being implemented on the Water Atlas. The Water Atlas Program at the University of South Florida provides spatially attributed water resource data via the web (www.wateratlas.usf.edu) to a nine county region stretching between Pinellas County on the west coast and Seminole County and, soon, Volusia County on the East Coast and Leon County in the Panhandle of Florida. The Water Atlas originally was designed as a lake, stream, watershed and estuary atlas; however, within the last five years, it has added ponds as a major water resource.

Design Methods and Approach

Stormwater ponds are a critical element in a stormwater system and the management of these water resources is essential for flood protection and water quality as well as to add natural beauty and a refuge for flora and fauna in urban areas. The goal for any water resource component on the Water Atlas is to provide an online source of educational materials as well as a platform for communication of resource management information and a means of data acquisition and management for water resource volunteers and managers (Figure 1).

Figure 4. The Adopt -A-Pond Program page for Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Communicate with announcements and show of program with photo slide show and gather information with on-line forms.

Session 4 – Page 7

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