The California Wetlands Portal, one of the State of California’s My Water Quality portals, is the common data management system for the State’s primary wetland protection policies and programs, including the 401 Certification and WDR Programs, the proposed Wetland and Riparian Protection Policy, and the State’s No-Net-Loss Policy. The Wetlands Portal provides information on the location and condition of wetlands around the state; public access to the location, size, sponsors, habitats, contact persons, and status of wetland restoration, mitigation, creation, and enhancement projects; and wetland projects with 401/WDR permits.
Wetlands information can be viewed on an interactive map. Modern wetland habitat is displayed using the best information available for each region. A unique feature is the individual project libraries, where wetland project files, such as reports, data, photos, videos, or maps can be collected and accessed online. Anyone can submit files with their browser and make them available for others to download. The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board has integrated the Wetlands Portal into its regulatory process, and completion of the Wetland Data form is now a permit condition.
Programs and Focus Areas:
Environmental Informatics Program
Resilient Landscapes Program
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California's EcoAtlas provides access to information for effective wetland management. EcoAtlas is a set of tools for generating, assembling, storing, visualizing, sharing, and reporting environmental data and information. The tools can be used individually or together, and they can be adjusted or tuned to meet the specific needs of environmental planners, regulators, managers, scientists, and educators. The maps and tools can be used to create a complete picture of aquatic resources in the landscape by integrating stream and wetland maps, restoration information, and monitoring results with land use, transportation, and other information important to the state’s wetlands.
California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) (Project)
CRAM is a standardized, scientifically defensible rapid assessment method for monitoring the ecological conditions of wetlands throughout California. Because it is standardized, one can compare ecological conditions of wetlands locally, regionally and statewide.
California Aquatic Resource Inventory (CARI) (Project)
The California Aquatic Resources Inventory (CARI) is a Geographic Information System (GIS) based map of wetlands, streams, and riparian areas within California that is hosted online through EcoAtlas.