Individual atlases are supported financially by local governments (cities and counties), regional agencies (planning councils and water management districts, for example), and state and federal agencies. Each new atlas is created via the execution of an initial development agreement customized for its sponsor(s), specifying those data sets, topics and features that are of particular interest.
Site maintenance, upgrades, and content additions for each Water Atlas are sustained by annual or biennial follow-on contracts. To the greatest extent possible, when technological improvements and enhancements are introduced on one Atlas, they are eventually implemented on other atlases as well, so that all partners benefit from new capabilities as they are developed.
Water Atlas faculty and staff keep in constant contact with Partners to address any questions or concerns that may arise, both from site users and internally from the Partners' organizations. An annual Partners meeting brings together current and prospective Partners for progress updates, site enhancement planning, and brainstorming about potential atlas uses and marketing opportunities.
In addition to the Water Atlas sites themselves, the USF Water Institute often collaborates with Partner organizations on other grant-funded projects that further the common goal of promoting good water resource stewardship.
If you are interested in becoming a Water Atlas Partner, or would like to explore using the Water Atlas to further a research or education project, please contact program director Shawn Landry at the USF Water Institute, 813-974-0309.
The following is a list of currently sponsored Atlas projects, please click on one of these links to explore an individual Atlas:
Coastal & Heartland Natural Estuary Partnership
Hillsborough County EPC
City of Lakeland
Lake County Water Authority
New College of Florida
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
City of Winter Haven
If you are interested in knowing more about the Water Atlas Program, please contact Shawn Landry at the USF Water Institute. Give us a call at 813-974-0309 or click here to email us.