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The State Water Commission Map Services are a variety of internet map servers with various themes. Currently there is one general map service which uses the Water Commission's vast data resources such as water data locations, drillers logs, aquifers, and precipitation info to integrate with our spatial data holdings including aerial photography, geo-political boundaries, transportation, and hydrographic features.

General Water Resource MapService

General Water Resource MapService - The Water Commission's Internet MapServices are the place to find all of the data we've been collecting over the last one hundred years or more, integrated with the latest spatial data available for North Dakota. There are water well records, scans of driller's logs, dams, drains, water chemistry, water levels, etc. These tens of thousands of records have been combined with the latest geographic datasets including color aerial photography, topo maps, roads, public land survey, hydrography, and even live NEXRAD radar feeds. You won't find many internet mapping sites that compare with this one!!

Survey Resources

Survey Resources - The North Dakota State Water Commission and the office of the State Engineer are responsible for the preservation and dissemination of official government survey plats (GLOs) and notes for the State of North Dakota. Many of these documents are as old, or older than the State itself, dating back to the late 1800s through the early 1900s.

We now provide access to all of the GLO and benchmarks for the state of North Dakota through our new interactive mapping service. Go to Survey map service . . .

LiDAR Data Delivery Map Service

LiDAR Data Delivery Map Service - The State Water Commission, as a member of North Dakota's GIS Technical Committee, has recently developed new map services that are geared towards the dissemination of large datasets, particularly LiDAR elevation data collects. This will make distribution to the general public quite easy and available 24/7. Data can be downloaded by selections of tiles using individual, box graphic, polygon graphic, or by GIS polygon features. We intend to incorporate all large scale datasets as they arrive and currently have LiDAR collects for the Red River Valley (2009), Maple River (2003), Sheyenne River (2002), and Bismarck/Mandan (2009). Several more are in the works. The new map service can be found at: lidar.swc.nd.gov

For further information, contact Rod Bassler, GIS Coordinator, NDSWC at (701) 328-4998.