About the Atlas

The people and organizations who make the Polk County Water Atlas possible.

The Polk County Water Atlas is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. Typically, the scientists and citizens who live and work on water resources have found it difficult to gather the information they need from the myriad of agencies that collect the related data. To solve this problem, we conceived of the Atlas as a "one stop information shop" for concerned citizens and scientists alike. The Atlas functions as a warehouse for a variety of water resources information, including documents and educational links. We have also strived to make the Atlas a rich resource that educates citizens about the data presented and gives scientists easy access to the specialized information they need. We encourage you to use the Atlas as a tool to help in maintaining and improving our vital water resources.

Project Funding

Information Providers

  • City of Lakeland, Lakes and Stormwater Division
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Western Ecology Division, National Health and Ecological Effects Reasearch Lab
  • FDEP Southwest District
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Biological Research Associates , Water Quality Assessment Program, Watershed Assessment Section
  • Florida Natural Areas Inventory, GIS Division, GIS Division
  • Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission
  • Hillsborough County Stream Waterwatch, Hillsborough County Stream Waterwatch Program, Stormwater Division
  • IMC Agrico (Florida)
  • LAKEWATCH, FloridaLAKEWATCH Program, Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, National Weather Service, Aviation Center Data Management
  • No Specific Agency, None, None, None
  • Polk County, Parks & Natural Resources Division, , Laboratory
  • Polk County Government, Natural Resources
  • Polk County Property Appraiser, Mapping and GIS
  • South Florida Water Management District, Geographic Information Systems
  • SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, Hydrologic Data Section, Data Collection Bureau
  • St. Johns River Water Management District, Water Resource Information, Watershed Action Volunteers, Surface Water Quality Monitoring
  • U.S Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Univ. South Florida Water Institute, GIS Team, Water Atlas Program
  • University of Florida, IFAS Extension, Florida Automated Weather Network
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
  • USF Water Institute Assessments, Lake and Stream Assessments
  • USGS National Water Information System, Water Resources of the United States

Project Partners

Polk County Water Atlas

  • Polk County
    • Diane Gibson
    • Mike Mahler
    • Hans Zarbock
  • City of Lakeland
    • Laurie Smith
  • City of Winter Haven
    • Mike Britt
    • MJ Carnavale

University of South Florida Water Institute


  • Shawn Landry, PhD, Program Director, Research Associate Professor
  • Kai Rains, PhD, Research Associate Professor


  • Adhokshaja Achar, MS, Web Programmer Assistant
  • Jan Allyn, BS, Web Content Manager
  • Keith Bornhorst, BS, Web Development Team Leader
  • David Eilers, BS, Field Scientist - Environmental
  • Rich Hammond, MA, GIS Team Leader
  • Claude Kershaw, Database Application Developer
  • Jason Scolaro, MS, Database Team Leader

Graduate Student / OPS Staff / Volunteers

  • David Earnest, Database Assistant
  • Mathew Jarrett, Research Assistant
  • Robert Rosbough, Research Assistant
  • Cassandra Tawadros, Student Assistant
  • Vivian Tran
  • Cheran Williams, BS, GIS Analyst


Many thanks to all the wonderful people who have participated in the process of designing and developing the Polk County Water Atlas.

Water Atlas Program Advisory Group

Special thanks to the following group of individuals who have helped to guide the long-term development of the Water Atlas Program (www.wateratlas.org) by participating in the Water Atlas Advisory Group.



Jennifer Aragon Hillsborough County
Lisa Beever, Ph.D. Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Greg Blanchard Manatee County
Julie Bortles Orange County
Mike Britt City of Winter Haven
Rob Brown Manatee County
Maya Burke Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Michael Carnevale City of Winter Haven
Marcia Anderson Clark Orange County
Lindsay Cross Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Amanda Dominguez Sarasota County
Liz Donley Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Gloria Eby Seminole County
Ben Garcia Lake County Water Authority
Holly Greening Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Jim Griffin Florida Center for Community Design and Research
Melissa Harrison Pinellas County
Jennifer Hecker Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Marie Lackey Seminole County
Shawn Landry USF Water Institute
Kelli Levy Pinellas County
Sarah Malone City of Lakeland
John McGee Hillsborough County
Kathryn Meaux Sarasota County
Ashley Melton Sarasota County
Jack Merriam Sarasota County
Kim Ornberg Seminole County
Michael Perry Lake County Water Authority
Jon Perry Sarasota County
John Ryan Sarasota County
Laura Thorne Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission
Melanie Weed Pinellas County
Kelly Westover Sarasota County
Shannon Wetzel Seminole County