About the Atlas

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

The Sarasota 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

  • Sarasota County
  • New College of Florida

Information Providers

  • Benchmark Laboratories
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Western Ecology Division, National Health and Ecological Effects Reasearch Lab
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture, Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section, Murdock Field Office
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Invasive Plant Management, Div. of Assessment and Restoration, Water Quality Assessment Program
  • Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Water Programs, Biomedical Waste Program
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Marine Fisheries, Artificial Reef Program, Bureau of Marine Fisheries Management
  • Florida LAKEWATCH, Univ. Fla. Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
  • Florida Natural Areas Inventory, GIS Division
  • Lee County , Hyacinth Control District
  • Manatee County, Manatee County Environmental Management
  • Manatee County Department of Environmental Management, Watershed Management Division, Environmental Management Department
  • Mote Marine Laboratory, Center for Coastal and Tropical Ecology, Manatee Research Program
  • National Audubon Society, Christmas Bird Counts, Audubon Science Office
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, Aviation Center Data Management
  • Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
  • Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
  • Sarasota County, Environmental Services, Artificial Reef Program, Natural Resources - Coastal Resources
  • Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Chicago Zoological Society in cooperation with Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District, Hydrologic Data Section, Data Collection Bureau
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau
  • University of Florida, IFAS Extension, Florida Automated Weather Network
  • University of South Florida Water Institute, GIS Team, Water Atlas Program
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
  • USF Water Institute Assessments, Lake and Stream Assessments
  • USGS National Water Information System, Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center

Project Partners

Sarasota County Water Atlas

  • John Ryan, Environmental Manager
  • Kathy Meaux, Project Manager
  • Sheila Scolaro, Sampling and Outreach Coordinator
  • Justin Saarinen, Senior Environmental Scientist
  • Rene Janneman, Environmental Specialist
  • Mike Jones, Environmental Specialist
  • Mollie K. Holland, Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team Coordinator
  • Kenny Dotson, GIS Analyst

University of South Florida Water Institute

Faculty

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

Staff

  • Adhokshaja Achar, MS, Web Applications Developer
  • 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, MS, Database Application Developer
  • Jason Scolaro, MS, Database Team Leader

Graduate Student / OPS Staff / Volunteers

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

Acknowledgements

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

Participant

Organization

Jennifer Aragon Hillsborough County
Lisa Beever, Ph.D. Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership
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 Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership
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 Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership
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