Surface Drinking Water Importance Index - National Extent
Abstract: _The Forests to Faucets dataset provides a watershed index of surface drinking water importance, a watershed index of forest importance to surface drinking water, and a watershed index to highlight the extent to which development, fire, and insects and disease threaten forests important for surface drinking water. The Forests to Faucets layer does not cover Alaska, Hawaii, or US Territories. This dataset was created using the 2001 National Landcover Dataset and 2005 housing development estimates. For updated forest and development statistics, please refer to the 2015 Forests on the Edge dataset.Purpose: _The results of the Forests to Faucets assessment provides information that can identify areas of interest for protecting surface drinking water quality. The spatial dataset can be incorporated into broad-scale planning, such as the State Forest Action Plans, and can be incorporated into existing decision support tools that currently lack spatial data on important areas for surface drinking water. This project also sets the groundwork for identifying watersheds where a payment for watershed services (PWS) scheme may be an option for financing forest conservation and management on private unprotected forest lands. In perhaps its most important but most basic role, this work can serve as an education tool helping to illustrate the link between forests and provision of key watershed-based ecosystem services.
Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS)