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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS Data

Ecology maintains the spatial datasets described here in order to better describe the diverse natural and cultural environment that we live and work in. As a public service, we have made some of our data available for viewing and downloading here.


Ecology's Spatial Datasets

Our spatial datasets are available as zipped shapefiles or geodatabases (unless otherwise noted), our metadata files are in FGDC format, and our view files are in JPG format. Ecology's standard projection and datum for our shapefiles is Washington State Plane, South Zone, NAD 83 HARN, units US feet, unless otherwise noted. If you are using NAD 27 and want to reproject our data to that standard, please see our FAQ question. (More information on our data standards.)

If you can't find the data that you are seeking here, please check our links to other websites at the bottom of this page. Please use our Digital Data Request Form (view HTML format) to order data (if you are unable to download it here).

We also have maps available. For a listing of these maps, please go to our GIS Maps page.

Having problems using our data? Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Help Page may have the answer.


GIS DATA CONDITIONS OF USE

Please note that our GIS data, while available for free of charge, is covered by Ecology's Conditions of Use Statement. Please view the conditions on the Site Information Page http://www.ecy.wa.gov/siteinfo.html.

Ecology's Statewide Data Sets

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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DATA LAYER NAME VIEW FGDC METADATA VIEW IMAGE DOWNLOAD ZIP FILE ZIP
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Ambient

Water quality monitoring stations

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Baseflow Stations

Streamflow characteristics of Washington streams

490

Washington Public Beach Access Points

A detailed GIS database of public access locations (point features) with attributes along the coastal shorelines.

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Carbon Monoxide

Air quality maintenance areas

39

City and Urban Growth Areas

City boundaries and UGAs

5,358

Coastal Zone Atlas of Washington

Shoreline Slope Stability

4,326

Dairy Farms

Point locations of dairy farms in Washington by WSDA (and now hosted on their website).

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Dams

Dams in Washington State

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Driftcells

Shore drift along Puget Sound and Pacific Coast shorelines.

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Emission Check Areas (Automobile)

Areas where automotive emission checks are required.

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Environmental Information Monitoring Locations

Ecology's EIM database
Also see EIM Web Query System.

(Updated every Sunday night.)

9,133

Areas of Extreme Concern

Areas where field gear decontamination is required to avoid spreading invasive species. (3 layers: Streams, Rivers, Watersheds)

500

Facility/Site

Ecology permitted sites
Also, see Facility/Site on the Web.
Facility/Site Interaction Table web document.

(Updated every Sunday night.)

3,879

Feeder Bluffs and Landforms

For Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca

2,142

FEMA Flood Data

  • Q3 Flood Data
  • Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM)
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Geographic Names Information System

GNIS database from USGS for Washington State

4,241

National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) 24k

Ecology has adopted the NHD for the state hydrography dataset. PNW Framework data is retired and no longer available.

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National Hydrography Dataset (NHDPlus) 100k

Watercourses and waterbodies at 100k scale

-

National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) 24k:  Major Areas, Streams, & Waterbodies

Major NHD water features for cartographic use (3 layers).

45,583

Lake Bathymetry

Bathymetric contours of selected freshwater lakes

10,196

Land Cover:  Basins Potentially Meeting 40% Total Impervious Area

Water Quality Webpage

-

Land Use:  Washington State 2010

Statewide land use based on parcels and aerial photographs. (2 layers)

505,912

Washington State Levee Inventory

Inventory of  levees in the state.

546

Marine Oil Spill Planning Information

Geographic Response Plan (GRP):  Strategies, Spill Origins, & Sector Maps (3 layers)
Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Website

345

Washington Master Sample

Comparable, complementary monitoring sites.

72,937

Municipal Stormwater Permit Areas

Municipal Stormwater Permit Area boundaries Phase I and Phase II.

6,142

Ozone

Air quality maintenance areas

51

Particulates

Air quality maintenance areas

24

Tacoma-Pierce County Nonattainment Area

Wapato Hills-Puyallup River Valley PM 2.5 Nonattainment Area for particulate matter

87

Puget Sound Watershed Characterization Project

Watershed characterization for the Puget Sound drainage basins.

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Quadrangle Boundaries - 1:24,000

USGS 7½' Quadrangle Map Boundaries

184

Quarter Quadrangle Boundaries - 1:24,000

USGS 7½' Quarter Quadrangle Boundaries

469

Quadrangle Boundaries - 1:62,500

USGS 15' Quadrangle Map Boundaries

32

Quadrangle Boundaries - 1:100,000

USGS 100k Quadrangle Map Boundaries

60

Quadrangle Boundaries - 1:250,000

USGS 250k Quadrangle Map Boundaries

34

Ecology Regions

The Department of Ecology's administrative regions in the state:  Eastern, Central, Northwest, & Southwest.

566

USGS River Miles

River mile markers from USGS 7½ minute quadrangles

182

Marine Shorelines

Washington's marine shorelines including an attribute for "shorelines of statewide significance" boundaries.

8,970

Shoreline Management Act - Adopted Shoreline Streams

Streams and rivers designated "shorelines of the state" by local governments and published in their shoreline master programs.  See Chapter 173-18-044 WAC.

Shoreline Management Home

7,341

Shoreline Management Act - Adopted Shoreline Lakes

Water bodies (lakes, wetlands, etc.) designated "shorelines of the state" by local governments and published in their shoreline master programs.  See Chapter 173-20-044 WAC.

4,692

Shoreline Management Act - Streams and Rivers - Points (Will not be updated.)

Points on streams and rivers where Shoreline jurisdiction begins and where streams and river cross county boundaries, as published in Chapter 173-18 WAC.  These will be replaced by points published in local government shoreline master programs.  See Chapter 173-18-044 WAC.
53

Shoreline Management Act - Streams and Rivers - Arcs (Will not be updated.)

Streams and rivers published in Chapter 173-18-WAC.  These will be replaced by stream and river lists published in local government shoreline master programs.  See Chapter 173-18-044 WAC.

1,193

Shoreline Management Act - Lakes & Wetlands - Polygons (Will not be updated.)

Water bodies (lakes, wetlands, etc.) published in Chapter 173-20 WAC.  These will be replaced by water body lists published in local government shoreline master programs.  See Chapter 173-20-044 WAC.

2,203

Suggested Shoreline Points (Will not be updated.)

Estimated jurisdictional flow points on streams and rivers likely to qualify as "shorelines" and "shorelines of statewide significance", as defined in the Shoreline Management Act, Chapter 90.58.030 RCW.  For use by local governments when updating their shoreline master program.

203

Suggested Shorelines Arcs (Will not be updated.)

Streams and rivers estimated to qualify as "shorelines of the state" based on their flow, as defined in the Shoreline Management Act, Chapter RCW 90.58.030 RCW. For use by local governments when updating their shoreline master program.

4,788

Suggested Shorelines Polygons (Will not be updated.)

Water bodies (lakes, wetlands, etc.) estimated to qualify as "shorelines of the state" based on their area, as defined in the Shoreline Management Act, Chapter 90.58.030 RCW. For use by local governments when updating their shoreline master program.

2,203

Washington Marine Shoreline Public Access Project

The location, length, and degree of public access to Washington State's marine shoreline. Please submit updates to shorelinepublicaccess@ecy.wa.gov.

1,420

Surface Water Quality Standards for the State of Washington

This dataset contains spatial and attribute information of the Surface Water Quality Standards for the State of Washington, Chapter 173-201A WAC. Four views of the WQ Standard are contained in this dataset, Freshwater Beneficial Uses, Seasonal Supplemental Spawning and Egg Incubation Temperature Standards, rules designated in Table 602, and exceptions to Table 602 listed in the footnotes.  If any discrepancies are found between GIS layers and the published rule, the published rule takes precedence.

206,060

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Maps

Boundaries representing the area covered by TMDL projects or 4b projects.

10,503

State Tribal Lands

Current and historic Indian tribal lands.

1,475

Washington State Base Map

Outline of state boundary and water features.

2,031

2008 Washington Water Quality Assessment 303(d)

Washington State's 2008 Water Quality Assessment (WQA) produced in the Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Report format consisting of both the 303(d) List and the 305(b) Report.  Water Quality's 303(d) website

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2012 Washington Water Quality Assessment 303(d)

Washington State's 2012 Water Quality Assessment (WQA) produced in the Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Report format consisting of both the 303(d) List and the 305(b) Report.  Water Quality's 303(d) website

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Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA)

Areas for state water resource planning and administration.

5,157

Geographic Water Information System (GWIS)

Ecology Water Resources GWIS database, which includes water right place-of-use polygons and associated device points.

-

Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD)

Hydrologic Unit Boundaries (HUC)

72,759

Well Logs

Locations from the Water Resource Program.

Well Logs Home Page

43,798

Modeled Wetlands Inventory

Wetland Inventory by Ecology/NOAA

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If Ecology does not have the data you are seeking, other data sources to try:

 

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Comments, suggestions, find an error? Have questions about Ecology's GIS data? Please contact:

Rich Kim
Spatial Database Administrator
GIS Technical Services
Washington State Department of Ecology
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, Washington 98504-7600

Phone: (360) 407-6121
Fax: (360) 407-6493
E-Mail: gis@ecy.wa.gov


Page last updated on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 15:45