The Hudson River Watershed Alliance is proud to introduce the
Hudson River Watershed Atlas,
a regional online mapping service designed to enable users to visualize,
explore, assess and better understand the natural resources and built
systems of the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Maps are produced by
regional tiles (in Adobe Acrobat, PDF format) that allow you to download
to your computer and interactively work with over 28 Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) layers and information sources. These layers
can be all be turned on and off independently, allowing you to zoom to,
customize and print countless variations and combinations, depending on
your area and topics of interest.
for a PDF file showing municipalities and Map Panels in more detail.
Our goal is to provide you with a robust and portable map service, sort
of a mini-GIS. And while we have included a virtual kitchen sink of
available information layers for you to choose from, like a full GIS,
they are not intended to be used all at the same time.
Many data layers can also be used in the Google Earth geobrowsing tool.
Of the 28 layers found within the PDF maps, we have produced a subset
(18) as KMZ files, for use within the 3D (terrain) and 4D (time
sequences of multiple air photo imagery for various locations) of Google
Earth. These 18 layers and their respective data sources are described
and are accessible for download from within the
Legend, Data Sources & KMZs (PDF).
to get the latest free version of Google Earth.
In developing the Hudson River Watershed Atlas, we sought to strike a
balance of creating the most robust product that we could, that would
be useful and accessible to the widest range of stakeholders, without
requiring enormous training, background or technical requirements. The
maps will perform best on computers that are relatively new (2-3 years
old), with 2GB of RAM, using Adobe Reader version 8.1 or greater. The
files tend to be large (2-15 mbytes) and it is strongly suggested to
download the PDFs to your computer before opening.
This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State
Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program
of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.