Land Use Indicators

All indicators will be summarized at the following scales

  • HUC 8 (revised based on NHDPlus catchment boundaries)

  • HUC 12

  • Omernik ecoregions (level III)

  • Omernik ecoregions (level IV)

  • Ecological Drainage Units (EDU)

  • Great Lake drainage basins/watersheds


Indicators and Base maps currently being developed 
(*denotes those that have been completed at the revised HUC8 scale)

NPS Pollutants Fact Sheets

  1. Copper - Download factsheet

  2. Lead - Download factsheet

  3. Nitrogen - Download factsheet

  4. Phosphorus - Download factsheet

  5. Total Suspeneded Solids - Download factsheet 

Land Use

  1. * % urban (in high, medium, and low density classes) Includes roads

  2. * % agriculture (pasture and row-crops)

  3. * % urban and agriculture combined

  4. * % wetlands

  5. * % forests

  6. * % shrub and grasslands (representative of possible transitional land uses/covers)

  7. * Public lands

  8. Urban transitional probabilities based on LTM urban predictions (2015, 2025, 2050)

Land Use Distribution

  1. Riparian zones (% urban, % agriculture, % forests, % shrub and grasslands, % wetlands) Includes 100m, 200m, and 300m zones around streams and rivers

  2. Fragmentation/patchiness metric

High Input Land Uses

  1. Concentrated animal feeding operations (AFO and CAFOs) à locations, size, and livestock type

  2. Golf course locations

Nutrient/Chemical Loading Potential

  1. * Total nitrogen, phosphorous, suspended solids, zinc, copper, and lead (each in mg/L)

  2. * Pollutants compared to EPAs “critical concentrations” (includes nitrogen, phosphorus, suspended solids, zinc, copper, and lead)

  3. Fecal coliform and E. coli

  4. Runoff volume (and possibly erosion potential)

Alternative Energy Sources

  1. * Wind Energy Plants (location, number turbines, year online, and power capacity) à as of 2010

  2. Biofuel Refineries locations, feedstock, plant capacity (mgy), operating production amount (mgy), DDGS production amount (tons/yr))à as of March 2011

Impervious Surface

  1. * % impervious surfaces

  2. * Linear distance of roads

  3. * Number of road-river crossings

  4. Parking lots (area and %)

Population/Housing

  1. Population change (# of people)

  2. % population change

  3. Housing change (amount of area)

  4. % housing change

  5. Density (population and housing)

Climate Change

  1. Climate change model results

  2. Growing degree days

Water

  1. Darcy maps and groundwater recharge locations

  2. Amount of open water

  3. Number of lakes

  4. Linear amount of banks of streams by site/reaches

  5. Possibly groundwater travel times

 

Contact Us

Technical Contact
Lydia Utley
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Telephone :(765) 494-3580

Mailing Address
195 Marsteller St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

 

Program Contact
Kara Salazar
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Telephone :(765) 496-1070