U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
July 22, 2013
In Reply Refer To:
6270/7000 (280) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 07/22/2013
Instruction Memorandum No. 2013-166
To: All Field Office Officials
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: The Bureau of Land Management Stewardship of the National Hydrography Dataset and the Watershed Boundary Dataset
Program Area: Water Resources (Soil, Water, and Air), Fisheries, Riparian, Wildlife
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides direction regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) use and stewardship of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). These datasets support the fish, wildlife, riparian and water resources programs and provide the geospatial themes for many programs throughout the BLM to collect, store, and use their data.
Policy/Action: This IM reiterates direction provided in IM 2009-212. It provides the following ongoing direction to BLM state and field offices:
1) Adopt the NHD and WBD as their authoritative data sources for high resolution (1:24,000) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) hydrography data.
2) Proactively participate in NHD and WBD stewardship programs, established within their states, whereby the BLM contributes updates and improvements to these national framework datasets that are managed nationally by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
To maintain currency with the national repositories for the NHD and WBD datasets, the direction is summarized as follows:
Continued implementation of the stewardship program for the NHD and WBD has the following objectives:
Descriptions for the NHD and WBD and available data downloads can be located at the following website: http://nhd.usgs.gov/.
Timeframe: The policy contained in this IM is effective immediately.
Budget Impact: There is no budget impact on the downloading and use of the NHD and WBD datasets as this is a regular expectation for data gathering and use. Archival requirements should have a minimal impact on the budget. Budget impact may vary depending on the extent of the effort to improve both the NHD and WBD. States will need to determine their own needs, priorities, timeframe and budget commitment for improving both datasets.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: Coordinated with Decision Support, Planning and NEPA (WO210); Forest, Rangeland, Riparian, and Plant Conservation (WO220); Fish and Wildlife Conservation (WO230); and Environmental Quality and Protection (WO280).
Contact: Questions regarding the NHD and WBD stewardship with the BLM can be referred to Dan Wickwire at the Oregon State Office at (503) 808-6272 or Lee Koss at the Washington Office (202) 912-7139.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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