About the Atlas

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

The Orange 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 Maitland, Public Works, Lakes and Stormwater Management, Lakes Management
  • City of Orlando, Street and Storm Water Division, Stormwater Compliance, Public Works
  • City of Winter Park, Lakes Division, n/a, Department of Public works
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency, Map Assistance Center
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bioassessment, Watershed Monitoring, Bioassessment
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area, , Contract Management
  • Florida Natural Areas Inventory, GIS Division, GIS Division
  • Lake County, Public Works, Adopt-A-Lake Program, Environmental Services
  • Lake County Water Authority, Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF), Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF)
  • LAKEWATCH, FloridaLAKEWATCH Program, Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, National Weather Service, Aviation Center Data Management
  • Orange County, Environmental Protection Division, , Community and Environmental Services
  • Seminole County Government, Water Quality Section
  • South Florida Water Management District, Coastal Ecosystems Section, Environmental Resource Assessment
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District, Hydrologic Data Section, Data Collection Bureau
  • St Johns River Water Mgmt. District, Information Technology, ,
  • St. Johns River Water Management District, Water Resource Information, Watershed Action Volunteers, Information Resources Department
  • 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

Orange County Water Atlas

Orange County

  • Julie Bortles
  • Lori Cunniff
  • Penny Post

City of Orlando

  • Lisa Curtin

Other Partners

  • City of Apopka
  • City of Belle Isle
  • City of Edgewood
  • City of Maitland
  • City of Ocoee
  • City of Winter Garden
  • City of Winter Park
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Valencia Water Control District

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
  • Jason Scolaro, MS, Database Team Leader

Graduate Student / OPS Staff / Volunteers

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


Many thanks to all the wonderful people who have participated in the process of designing and developing the Orange 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