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Catalog of Monitoring Programs Workgroup


Florida monitoring agencies and entities have long recognized the need for a centralized searchable website to provide the “who, what, when, where, and why” of water resource monitoring conducted in Florida. This centralized searchable website is Action Item I-1 in the 2008 Council Action Plan. It sets the stage for other Council projects, and is critical to many efforts: improved resource management, data sharing, monitoring gap identification, increasing the knowledge base, minimizing duplication of effort, developing adverse event monitoring response, and others. A workgroup was formed to evaluate options and coordinate development of a “Catalog of Florida Monitoring Programs” (Catalog) to meet this need.

From late 2011 through spring 2012, the Catalog Workgroup evaluated 20 existing online monitoring atlases, catalogs, and portals to identify desirable features and locate an existing website onto which the Catalog could potentially piggyback.  During these meetings, the Catalog Workgroup identified and addressed many of the issues critical to Catalog development and maintenance. The Workgroup selected the University of South Florida’s (USF) Water Institute, which created and maintains the Catalog of Florida Monitoring Programs.  The Catalog Workgroup selected the name Water-CAT for the Catalog and continues to meet at least quarterly to address issues, resolve issues, and approve new features and functionality for the Water-CAT.

Water-Cat Homescreen - Catalog of the Florida Water Resource Monitoring CouncilThe Water-CAT, released in May 2014, is an interactive, searchable, web-enabled database of state, federal, local, private sector, and volunteer organizations that monitor water resources in Florida. The Water-CAT serves as the “first cut” in locating ongoing monitoring efforts for water resource managers, policy makers, and citizens.


The Catalog includes searchable metadata on freshwater, marine, groundwater, sediment, and biological resource monitoring.   Both spatial and tabular interfaces allow searches by organization, station locations, monitoring frequency, time range, sampled parameters, Water Body IDs (WBIDs), active vs. inactive stations, and other pertinent metadata.

Metadata searches are designed to be downloaded as KML, CSV, or TXT files; maps can be saved as .jpg files.  Links to project-level data are included on the website for user convenience.

Metadata Entry

Initially, USF harvested metadata from Florida STORET and the U.S. Geological Survey’s NWIS databases to load 104,000 stations monitored by about 70 organizations.  It now works directly with other large data providers to harvest and upload metadata from existing datasets, as well as “fill the gaps” for elements such as Monitoring Frequency, Project/Station Status (active vs. inactive) and Projection Description, which are not usually stored within data. Monitoring entities also have the option of entering their metadata using online data entry forms, downloadable templates, CSV files, or in the future, GIS shapefiles. 

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

There are currently no meetings scheduled. Stay tuned for new meeting dates.

Catalog Workgroup Meeting Materials






Monitoring Resources

Watershed Monitoring Home

Florida STORET

FWRMC Monitoring Action Plan

Monitoring-Coordination Action Plan

Recommendations - Oversight Structure

Last updated: November 19, 2015

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