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SWIMS

SWIMS Access

About SWIMS

Data from different water monitoring programs are stored in the Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System (SWIMS), which is web-based and which enables all staff, as well as the public, to access comprehensive sets of data for each waterbody. DNR has webmapping applications that show the locations of montioring stations and datasets geographically.

    Data sets in SWIMS include:
    • Aquatic Invasive Species
    • Continuous monitoring data
    • Lake and River Water Quality data
    • Macroinvertebrates
    • Satellite water clarity
    • Plants (UW-Herbarium & Lakes, starting 2008)
    • Citizen Stream Monitoring data
    • Sediment

UW-Stevens Point Entomology

WDNR macroinvertebrate results analyzed at the UW Stevens Point Aquatic Entomology Laboratory are stored in the Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System (SWIMS). Data include listings of aquatic macroinvertebrate presence and their known associated tolerance values, and calculation of 15 commonly used macroinvertebrate community metrics. This database is supported by The Macroinvertebrate Data Interpretation Guidance Manual, which is designed to assist WDNR staff in interpreting macroinvertebrate data. Macroinvertebrate summary scores are now also available by station in the Surface Water Data Viewer (internal) and WATERS as the assessment unit level. The DNR and UWSP are working to migrate all taxonomic data management and metric calculation directly into SWIMS by the end of 2015.

Fisheries

Fishes of Wisconsin

Fish Species and More

The Statewide Fisheries Management Database (FMDB, formally the Statewide Fish and Habitat Biology Database) is a centralized database for all statewide fish surveys, wadeable stream habitat surveys, fish propagation information, fishing tournament permits, and fish kill investigations. Raw data and summary reports are available for exporting and analysis. Historical data integration is ongoing. DNR contracts server space, development and maintenance services through the Center for Integrated Data Analysis (CIDA) at the US Geological Survey (USGS) office in Middleton, WI.

The FMDB is accessible to all DNR staff on the internal website. The public website is available for other state agency staff and members of the public. Statewide data are also available upon request from the database manager, and regional fisheries data requests are handled by district fisheries biologists.

WATERS

WATERS Access

About WATERS

WATERS supports water quality standards and assessment work, the Water Division's Goals Reporting System, and Electronic Watershed Planning. WATERS holds decisions and information regarding the status of rivers, streams, and lakes, as well as Great Lakes shoreline miles including a variety of use designation, assessment, and management uses, and linkages to documents or reports supporting decisions about a waterbody.

WATERS holds Clean Water Act Section 305(b) and 303(d) data, designated uses, codified uses, and other data describing the quality of Wisconsin's rivers, lakes, and Great Lakes shoreline. WATERS uses the table structure and the reporting requirements identified in USEPA's integrated reporting strategy and programmed into the ADB V 2.0 and also includes additional enhancements specific to the state's water management needs. Data from this system is sent to EPA periodically in fulfillment of our Clean Water Act 305(b), 303(d), and 314 grant reporting requirements.

SWDV

SWDV Access

Launch the SWDV

The Surface Water Data Viewer is an interactive web mapping application that serves GIS data to DNR staff and the public. The incredibly popular and heavily used SWDV has multiple themes that support a broad range of high priority programs including of datasets dam safety, floodplain management, fish consumption advice, construction permits, designated waters review (Act118), and wetland and wetland indicators.

Water Condition Viewer

Water Condition Viewer Access

Launch the WCV

The Water Condition Viewer is designed to provide summary assessment data and various themes related to Water Quality Program-specific work functions including Clean Water Assessments, Watershed and Quality Planning, Targeted Watershed Assessments, Monitoring Studies and Results, and Fisheries and Habitat.

Additional Databases

STORET and related websites

Access STORET

Go to STORET

STORET (short for STOrage and RETrieval) is a national EPA repository for water quality, biological, and physical data and is used by state environmental agencies, EPA and other federal agencies, universities, private citizens, and many others. STORET consists of two data management systems: the STORET Legacy Data Center (LDC), and Modernized STORET. The LDC is a static, archived database and Modernized STORET is an operational system actively being populated with water quality data.

The LDC contains historical water quality data dating back to the early part of the 20th century and collected up to the end of 1998. Modernized STORET contains data collected beginning in 1999, along with older raw biological, chemical, and physical data on surface and ground water. Each sampling result in the LDC and in Modernized STORET is accompanied by information on where the sample was taken (latitude, longitude, state, county, Hydrologic Unit Code and a brief site identification), when the sample was gathered, the medium sampled (e.g., water, sediment, fish tissue), and the name of the organization that sponsored the monitoring. In addition, STORET contains information on why the data were gathered; sampling and analytical methods used; the laboratory used to analyze the samples; the quality control checks used when sampling, handling the samples, and analyzing the data; and the personnel responsible for the data. Both the LDC and Modernized STORET are web-enabled and available to the public. With a standard web browser, both systems can be browsed and queried interactively and files can be created for download.

WDNR 24K Hydrography Layer

The WDNR 1:24,000 scale Hydrography layer is the base building block structure that supports the integration of all of our water-related data (e.g. outfalls, 303d waters, Outstanding and Exceptional Resource Waters, assessment units, stream order, etc.). Everything we collect related to surface water is located against this structure. This allows us to support a "one stop shop" environment from which to serve water-related data to WDNR staff as well as external customers in either map form or tabular reports. It is a digital representation of the blue lines and polygons that represent surface water on the USGS 7.5 minute topographic maps. The 24K Hydrography data layer:

  • o Serves as the "backbone" for locating all of our water related data (e.g. monitoring locations, assessment units, outfalls, engineering studies, dams etc. through the use of the embeddable Locator Tool);
  • o Allows us to provide "one stop shopping" for water-related data (SWIS Query Interface, Surface Water Data Viewer);
  • o Serves as the base surface water layer for all mapping applications in the department (DNR Web View, WT Viewer, Surface Water Data Viewer); and
  • o Enhances our ability to communicate/share information with others who use our hydrography layer for their activities (e.g. counties, Regional Planning Commissions, federal agencies, etc.).

WDNR uses the hydro layer to "integrate", bringing all of our water-related data together in one place so we can view it, analyze it and map it. We share it with counties, educational institutions, other state and federal agencies, and the general public, as it is the only statewide representation of surface water for Wisconsin at this scale or better. It is used in a broad variety of WDNR programs for specific program needs.

ROW

The Register of Waterbodies (ROW) is the database that manages inventory information about our state's surface water. Unique numeric identifiers called waterbody ID codes (WBICs) are assigned to each stream/river, lake, pond, reservoir etc. as it is defined by users. WBICs are an important piece of information used by monitoring databases for linking data across tabular datasets. WBICs are also encoded into the statewide hydro layer.

UW-Stevens Point Aquatic Entomology Laboratory/SWIMS

WDNR macroinvertebrate results analyzed at the UW Stevens Point Aquatic Entomology Laboratory are stored in the Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System (SWIMS). Data include listings of aquatic macroinvertebrate presence and their known associated tolerance values, and calculation of 15 commonly used macroinvertebrate community metrics. This database is supported by The Macroinvertebrate Data Interpretation Guidance Manual, which is designed to assist WDNR staff in interpreting macroinvertebrate data. Macroinvertebrate summary scores are now also available by station in the Surface Water Data Viewer (internal) and WATERS as the assessment unit level. The DNR and UWSP are working to migrate all taxonomic data management and metric calculation directly into SWIMS by the end of 2015.

USGS National Water Information System (NWIS)

Access NWIS

Go to NWIS

As part of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) program of disseminating water data to the public, the USGS maintains a distributed network of computers and fileservers for the storage and retrieval of water data collected through its activities at approximately 1.5 million sites around the country. This system is called the National Water Information System (NWIS). Many types of data are stored in this NWIS network, including: site information, time-series (flow, stage, precipitation, chemical), peak flow, ground water, and water quality.

Data are accessible to the public through NWIS Web, which provides both internal and external users of USGS water information with an easy to use, geographically seamless interface to the large volume of USGS water data maintained on 48 separate NWIS databases nationwide. Data are updated from the NWIS sites on a regularly scheduled basis; real-time data are transmitted to NWIS Web several times a day. NWIS Web provides several output options: real-time streamflow, water-levels and water quality graphs, data tables and site maps; tabular output in html and ASCII tab delimited files; lists of selected sites as summaries with reselection for details.

Data are retrieved by category of data, such as surface water, ground water, or water quality; and by geographic area. Further refinement is possible by selecting specific information and by defining the output desired. NWIS data comes from all 50 states, selected territories and border stations, from 1896 to present. Of the 1.5M sites with NWIS data, 80% are wells; 350,000 are water quality sites; and 19,000 are streamflow sites, of which over 5,000 are real-time. NWIS Web contains about 4.3 million Water Quality Samples; and 64 million Water Quality Sampling Results.

USGS Great Lakes Beach Health database

Created in 2000, the USGS Great Lakes Beach Health database stores data from WDNR, various local cooperators throughout the state, and the public. It stores data on water quality samples from Great Lakes swimming beaches and other related information.

System for Wastewater Applications, Monitoring, and Permits (SWAMP)

The SWAMP is an Oracle-based computer system designed to assist with management of the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) Permit Program. This system has the capability to generate WPDES permit applications, store facility information, generate and issue WPDES permits, determine whole effluent toxicity requirements, generate monitoring forms, store permittee monitoring data and analyze compliance, generate/store permit-related documents, track compliance events, and calculate annual environmental fees based on reported discharges. The database became active in January 1999; permitting capability became active in 2000.

For monitoring purposes, SWAMP has the capability to track sample point and monitoring requirements, display data and documents, compare reported data to reporting requirements and display apparent violations, warnings, and exceedance, and produce reports. Discharge, groundwater, sludge, and land application self-monitoring data are stored and available for downloading. Electronic reporting of discharge data is currently being implemented. Monitoring data that is held in SWAMP is downloaded, manipulated, and displayed as annual loading in the FACTs system, available on the WDNR website.

Drinking Water System (DWS)

The purpose of the Drinking Water System is to enforce Safe Drinking Water Act regulations covering public water systems. The DWS is a data system created and maintained by the WDNR's Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater. It contains the monitoring and reporting requirements for each public water system and their drinking water sampling results. It also includes violations for any missing requirements and exceedance of the maximum contaminant levels (MCLs). This system is used to report public water supply data to USEPA as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The DWS also contains information on public and private well construction and high-capacity well approvals.

Groundwater Retrieval Network (GRN)

The Groundwater Retrieval Network acts as a central hub for accessing well information and groundwater quality data from various WDNR program databases. It contains information on public and private drinking water wells and monitoring wells and their associated water quality results. Data covers the period from the early 1970s to present for the Public Water data, 1988 to present for the Private Water Supply, priority watershed and special study data, and from the mid-1970s to present for the GEMS database. Not all programs that currently generate groundwater-related data are linked into the GRN system. Data from the Bureau of Remediation and Redevelopment (LUST, spills, or remediation sites) as well as data from the Bureau of Watershed Management (wastewater treatment facilities and land spreading sites) is not currently retrievable through the GRN system.

Last revised: Wednesday May 31 2017