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Viewing WATERS Data using Google Earth


The WATERS KMZ file is a compressed Keyhole Markup Language (KML) that provide easy access to geospatial WATERS data and services. The current release of the KMZ files require the use of Google EarthExit version 5.0 or higher.

To get started using the WATERSKMZ tool visit the WATERSKMZ tutorial.


Type Download Notes
Vector WATERS Data v1.6.kmz Small image of KML feed for Viewing WATERS Data using Google Earth page.          
(Updated 02-05-2014)
  • Provides access to attribute data, supplemental report links, and service tools.

Interface Overview

Image of Number 1; corresponds with GEWATERSKM1.png Access to framework geospatial datasets stored in the WATERS Database, such as NHDPlus, Water Program Features indexed to NHDPlus and to general purpose services
Image of Number 2; corresponds with GEWATERSKMZ.png Dialog boxes providing access to tools, services, and information, such as NHDPlus feature name query, up/downstream navigation, watershed reports, ATTAINS reports, etc.
Image of Number 3; corresponds with GEWATERSKMZ.png Access to indexed water program features, with hyperlinks to additional attributes, and context sensitive analysis services, such as up/downstream navigation and watershed reports
Image of Number 4; corresponds with GEWATERSKMZ.png Full descriptive legend showing layer symbology
Image of Number 5; corresponds with GEWATERSKMZ.png Integrated information frame for analysis results


Available Data


  • Some tools and reports are only available for certain features types (points, lines, areas). i.e. The Upstream Downstream Tool is only available for line features.


Please refer to the underlying data and/or services web pages for metadata related to the WATERS KMZ files.
Type Hyperlinks to metadata

Usage Notes

  • The KMZ files are designed to work in version 5.0 or higher of Google Earth.


Vector Version: 1.6 - Released: February 5, 2014
  • KMZ file updated to use new mapping server. This is a breaking change, users will need to download a new version of the KMZ files to use the tool.
  • Removed references to decommissioned services and datasets.
Vector & Raster Version: 1.5 - Released: June 23, 2013
  • KMZ files updated to use new mapping server. This is a breaking change, users will need to download a new version of the KMZ files to use the tool.
Vector & Raster Version: 1.4 - Released: February 07, 2012
  • Removed Water Quality Standards program from KMZ.
Vector Version 1.3 & Raster Version 1.2 - Released: November 24, 2010
  • Added STORET Monitoring Locations to both versions of the WATERSKMZ.
  • Added STORET Monitoring Locations to the Upstream-Downstream Search tool.
Raster Version: 1.1 - Released: September 30, 2010
  • Added TMDLs on Impaired Waters to KMZ.
  • Updated Water Program Features names to match Vector version.
Vector Version: 1.2 - Released: May 07, 2010
  • Simplified terminology and structure.
  • Symbology integrated into MyPlaces pane.
  • Miscellaneous bubble improvements.
Vector Version: 1.1 - Released: November 13, 2009
  • KMZ files now require Google Earth 5.0 or higher.
  • The terminology used in the KMZ files was simplified.
  • The KMZ service tools were simplified.
  • A new Surfacewater Features legend was added.
Vector & Raster Version: 1.0 - Released: August 31, 2009
  • Initial release of both Vector and Raster based KMZ files

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