Fresh Water Atlas Information Page


The Freshwater Atlas (FWA) is a standardized dataset for mapping the province's hydrological features. The atlas defines watershed boundaries by height of land and provides a connected network of streams, lakes and wetlands. Each stream in the province has its own watershed (the land drained by that stream) but it is also linked to the other streams and watersheds around it.

This allows you to connect a stream to both its tributaries and the watersheds associated with them. Simply put, you could, conceptually, launch a paper boat in the headwaters of a small creek in the interior and trace its route to the sea. You could also identify all the wetlands, lakes and watersheds your boat passed through.

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Additional Information

Data Modified 2006-03-31
Data Modified 2008-09-01
Resource Last Modified 2015-05-15 08:05:48 PDT
License Open Government Licence - British Columbia
Resource Update Cycle asNeeded
Format html
Resource Type Data
Resource Storage Access Method Direct Access
Resource Storage Location Web or FTP Site
Spatial Reference System EPSG_3005 - NAD83 BC Albers