Managing Water Resources Using Geographic Information Systems as a Tool

by Mary S. Grainey, Oregon Water Resources Dep, Salem, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century


The Oregon Water Resources Department is designing and using a geographic information system (GIS) to manage water rights. The system allows automation of many tasks including: production of survey maps, overlaying and edgematching maps of various scales, sorting and searching large data files, analysis and modeling of water uses within a subbasin, and map displays for many audiences and purposes. The Department has set up a GIS to accomplish the above tasks in a user friendly manner. It has designed data formats and efficient methods of filing and retrieving data to make maximum use of the system. There are opportunities at the state, local and federal levels for cooperative efforts in designing and using such a system.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Geographic information systems | Information systems | Water use | Information management | Water rights | Computer software | Mapping

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