The Major Watersheds layer was originally based on the Major Basins layer and then modified to fit the needs of the MassGIS Watershed Analyst project.
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The Major Watersheds layer was originally based on the Major Basins layer and then modified to fit the needs of the MassGIS Watershed Analyst project. The state boundary was removed from MAJ_BAS and the existing internal watershed boundaries were modified or adjusted to conform to the 1:25,000 Hydrography layer. To produce the watershed boundaries that extend beyond the state boundary, sub-basin data from the adjacent state GIS databases were incorporated. Some of these were adjusted to conform to the Networked Hydro Centerlines data, which was developed for use in the Watershed Analyst. These data are used for modeling stream flow. In some cases, the out-of-state sub-basins were clipped to include data that affect stream flow into or out of Massachusetts. In addition, the coastline was buffered for generalization. Non-contiguous basins, such as the two parts of the North Coastal watershed, were combined and connected with the coastal buffer to conform to the naming scheme as defined in the Stream and River Information System (SARIS).
AttributesThe polygon attribute table contains the following fields:
|BAS-ID||Corresponding ID in MAJ_BAS layer|
|SARIS_NUM||Watershed ID according to SARIS|
|SQ_MI||Area in square miles of each polygon|
|AREA_ACRES||Area in acres of each polygon|
MaintenanceMassGIS is maintaining this datalayer.
Last Updated 1/10/2017
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