Water Depth Assessment Tool (WDAT)
In partnership with SFWMD, hundreds of real-time water level gauges throughout the District’s boundaries are managed by several government agencies, including Everglades National Park, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Water Depth Assessment Tool (WDAT) is an automated decision support system that provides near-real-time spatial perspectives of water elevation, water depth, water elevation changes, and a series of regulatory and ecological indicators for select District basins and waterbodies where adequate data resources are available.
The WDAT utilizes statistical methods to couple together the multi-agency networks of water level gauges to produce spatially continuous estimates of mean daily surface and surficial ground water elevations for each of the areas listed on the map below. Water depth surfaces are calculated by subtracting known ground elevations (or gridded elevation models) from these water elevation surfaces. Water elevation and water depth information for these areas are the key variables for several ecological and regulatory metrics.
For additional technical information, please see Appendix 1-6 of the 2012 South Florida Environmental Report.
NOTE: All WDAT products are based on provisional data and are subject to review and revision. For more information, contact Jason Godin.
This is a region of interest respective to the C-111 and adjacent restoration projects.
Kissimmee Floodplain (Phase I)
These areas represent Phase I of the Kissimmee River restoration project.
This is a region of interest respective to the C-111 restoration projects and the Cape Sabal seaside sparrow biological opinion.
Everglades Protection Areas (EPA)
These areas make up the more than 2.3 million acres consisting of the Florida Everglades as defined by the Everglades Forever Act and adjacent natural areas. This includes the following nine interconnected wetland basins: Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B and Everglades National Park (ENP); Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP) / Picayune Strand Complex; and the Holey Land and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).
Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs)
With an effective treatment area of 57,000 acres, the STAs are constructed wetlands that were built to improve the quality of water entering the Everglades system south of Lake Okeechobee.
- STA-1 East Animation – daily frames water depth and relevant metrics for past year
- STA-1 West Animation – daily frames water depth and relevant metrics for past year
- STA-2 – daily frames water depth and relevant metrics for past year
- STA-3/4 – daily frames water depth and relevant metrics for past year
- STA-5/6 – daily frames water depth and relevant metrics for past year
- All STAs Summary Table – stage, depth, and duration statistics by cell