Wetlands are a sparse but important feature of a complex southwest
By combining public data with field survey data, we sought to provide the user community with a tool that can be used to compare/contrast wetlands conditions from the past, and into the future. Approximately 165 wetland hydrologic units were assessed in 2007 and 2008. Collected data was combined with constructed map layers (e.g., USGS digital raster graphics quadrangles, Pennsylvania Spatial Data, USFWS National Wetlands Inventory and other external map layers) and linked with the field data (property name, assessment information, and images) into a searchable web interface. Ongoing and subsequent efforts will include improvements to the rapid assessment method, field survey metadata, and searchable interface; to increase data content, and seek to represent the wetlands by polygon instead of points.