Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Fish and Aquatic Habitat
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

The dataset contains approved legal boundaries for fisheries sensitive watersheds. A FSW is a mapped area with specific management objectives intended to guide development activities which may adversely impact important fish values

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


The dataset provides the location of approved fisheries sensitive watersheds.

Contact Information

NameRobyn Renton (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Sub-OrganizationKnowledge Management
NameLars Reese-Hansen (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-03-09
Record Last Modified 2019-05-03
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: WCP_F_S_WS

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
FISH_SENSITIVE_WS_POLY_ID FSW_ID NUMBER 10 FISH SENSITIVE WS POLY ID is the primary unique numeric identifier for a feature that is maintained by the system. e.g., 45
APPROVAL_DATE APRV_DATE DATE 7 APPROVAL DATE is the date approved by the Statutory Decision Maker. e.g., 25/03/2013
EVALUATION_UNIT EVAL_UNIT VARCHAR2 30 EVALUATION UNIT is an arbitrary alphanumeric Evaluation Unit number (field held for possible future use).
FEATURE_NOTES FEAT_NOTES VARCHAR2 254 FEATURE NOTES is an optional description or information regarding the FSW polygon. e.g., f-7-005 - Unit No: 3 - North Sub-basin
FSW_TAG FSW_TAG VARCHAR2 14 FSW TAG is an alphanumeric tag identifying the Fisheries Sensitive Watershed (FSW). e.g., f-6-003, where "f" is constant and "6" is the Ministry of Environment region number
GAZETTED_NAME GAZE_NAME VARCHAR2 30 GAZETTED NAME is the name of watercourse legally recognized in the BC Gazette, at the lowest down stream point in the FSW. e.g., Chehischic Creek
LOCAL_NAME LOCAL_NAME VARCHAR2 30 LOCAL NAME is the local name of watercourse at the lowest down stream point in the FSW. e.g., Leigh Creek
NOTICE_DATE NOTICE_DAT DATE 7 NOTICE DATE is the date posted to the BC Gazette. e.g.,19/04/2013
WATERSHED_CODE WS_CODE VARCHAR2 143 WATERSHED CODE is the watershed code that is derived from the BC Fresh Watershed Atlas. e.g., 180-069000-38300-00000
FEATURE_CODE FCODE VARCHAR2 10 FEATURE CODE is the Ministry of Environment database code identifying the feature category. e.g., FF33515300
UNIT_NUMBER UNIT_NO VARCHAR2 14 UNIT NUMBER is a unique alphanumeric string assigned to each polygon unit within a group of polygons that have the same FSW tag. e.g., 44
LEGISLATION_ACT_NAME LEGAL VARCHAR2 50 LEGISLATION ACT NAME is the name of applicable Provincial legislation for the Fisheries Sensitive Watershed, e.g., "FRPA" (Forest and Range Practices Act)
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters