Otonabee Region Watershed Atlas

User Guide
This guide offers detailed instructions on how to navigate your way through the interactive watershed
atlas and perform Geoprocessing tasks within the application.


Layers List
The Layers List allows you toggle on and off specific layers that you are interested in. All layers are
separated into data categories ranging from civil infrastructure, wildlife data down to detailed
watershed features.

Each layer is interactive and when selected on the map will enable a pop-up describing what the data
contains at that specific location.

Use your mouse to select a location
on the map that you are interested in.
This will automatically bring up
metadata associated with that layer
for a better understanding of what
the data contains.

Within the layer list
you also have the
ability to view and
filter the attribute
table to gather more
information about a
specific layer.

Click on the ellipses
beside the layer name
and select ‘Open
Attribute Table’ from
the drop down list.
Export Data
This geoprocessing tool allows you extract data from the map in 5 easy steps. This data will be
downloaded to your computer as a zip file that you can then use in your own GIS software.

Step 1: Turn on all the layers you wish to export from the layers list.

Step 2: Select the Export Data Icon from the list of tools available. Here you will see a list of all layers in
the data portal which you have free access to download. All the layers you wish to export will be
checked within the list.

Step 3: Next you will have to select the area of interest on the map where your data layers are located.

Choose one of the six polygons to draw a shape on the map that fully encloses that data you will be

*Note: If your selected area of interest is not where you intended click on the red delete icon to remove
your shape from the map and start over.
Step 4: Once your area of interest is selected choose that feature format you wish to export your data in
from the drop down menu. (.shp or .gdb) If you are not exporting any raster data leave the selection as

Step 5: Select the Execute button. This will run a process to extract that data you have chosen. Once the
data is gathered into the zip file a link will be available to click on for download in the output tab.

*Note: This may take some time depending in the amount of data you have selected.

Watershed Report Card

"Watershed Report Cards are an important tool used by Conservation Authorities (CAs) to communicate
the state of local watershed conditions and disseminate the environmental monitoring data collected
and analyzed by the organization" (ORCA, 2013)

Watershed Indicators
Three main indicators were used to assess the Otonabee watershed health:
Surface Water Quality, Groundwater Quality & Forest Conditions
Each indicator was given a grade to provide the public with the conditions of the watershed and assist in
making better informed decisions when dealing with environmental management.
Charts displaying the most current grades for the Otonabee Watershed have been provided in this
application and can be found by selecting the Watershed Report Card Icon. Here you can select an
indicator you are interested in a view a detail interactive chart that corresponds with the watershed on
the map.

*Note: The watershed Report Card is updated every 5 years.
Additional Functionality

To add to the user experience the watershed atlas comes with additional tools. Located in the top right
corner of the map you have the ability to measure distances on the map, create bookmarks of specific
locations to revisit as well as a print function.

Measurement Tool
This tool allows you to select a location or area on the map to calculate distance and area as well as get
the coordinate of an area of interest.

Calculate the area within a polygon

Calculate distance of a track

Obtain latitude and longitude
coordinates of an area of interest
Base Map Tool
The basemap gallery allows you to view the world in many different ways. From Satellite imagery to
detailed topographic maps, you can toggle on and off a basemap that suits your needs.

Print Tool
The print tool is an additional functionality that allows you to print the map area of the layers you have
turned on. The map can be exported in a variety of formats and sizes to meet the needs of all users.