Originator: DEP
Publication_Date: 1996
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Online_Linkage: Server=arcsde; Service=sde1; User=dep; Version=SDE.DEFAULT
Boundaries for Outstanding Florida Waters (OFWs) as described in Section 62-302.700, F.A.C.
This layer includes all three types of OFWs:  OFW Aquatic Preserves, Special OFWs, and Other OFWs.
The legislature of the  State of  Florida established a category of  
surface water features called "Outstanding Florida Waters" that are to be 
protected from  any degradation from their current water quality 
classification.  A description of the water features eligible for inclusion as 
an OFW and a list of  currently established OFWs is contained in Section 
62-302.700, F.A.C., (Attachment 4).  Additionally, "Waters" are defined in 
Section 403.031, F.S., as  "... rivers, lakes, streams, springs, impoundments, 
and wetlands ... including fresh, brackish, saline, tidal, surface, and 
underground waters."  Chapter 62-340, F.A.C.,  "Delineation of  the Landward  
Extent of Wetlands and Surface Waters" details the plants and soil types that 
indicate the existence of wetland or surface water, under authority granted in 
Section 373.421, F.S. 
Most of the OFWs are contained within the boundaries of publicly-owned 
lands managed for conservation and/or recreation so that the extent of the 
water features that are protected can be defined by the legal boundary of the 
park, recreation area, preserve, or other publicly-owned property.  Three 
categories of OFWs do not have boundaries so described:  1) the three river 
segments designated as wild and scenic under the Florida Scenic and Wild Rivers 
Program, federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the Myakka River Wild and 
Scenic Designation and Preservation Act; 2) the 16 streams or lakes in the 
National  Forests, and 3) the 56 streams and lakes defined as Special Waters.  
As a portion of an Environmental Protection Agency Wetland Protection 
grant, a separate project to reduce the boundaries of the OFWs to a digital 
format was undertaken by the FDEP.  Some digital data existed and was compiled 
from many different source formats and scales.  These data were incorporated 
into a statewide coverage but because of the lack of documentation and concerns 
about accuracy, other approaches were investigated to improve portions of the 
Other divisions within the FDEP have felt the need to develop digital 
coverages for the State-owned or managed properties they oversee and are in the 
process of reducing the legal descriptions on deeds into a digital form by 
interpreting and transferring the legal description to a quad sheet or using  
one or another of the COGO (COordinate GeOmetry) systems.  These lands include 
the Aquatic Preserves and the State Park boundaries.  Where possible, to 
minimize duplication of effort, the Division of Environmental Permitting either 
acquired the boundaries already created for the Aquatic Preserves, or entered 
into a joint venture to create boundaries for the 145 lands managed by the 
Division of Parks and Recreation.
Calendar_Date: 1996
publication date
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
West_Bounding_Coordinate: 272.360661
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 280.120638
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 31.042713
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.456505
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: Aquatic Preserve
Theme_Keyword: Outstanding Florida Waters
Place_Keyword: Florida
Access_Constraints: none
This dataset should not be considered a complete and comprehensive representation.

We have concluded that the Special Waters boundaries are provisional.  
Until we receive full funding to finalize this data, we will coordinate with 
our field staff to evaluate the boundaries, record needed changes, and make the 
appropriate adjustments to the boundaries as an on-going programmatic effort.  
These boundaries are stored in the OFWspec data layer.

Aquatic Preserve information is availiable in two different versions.  This version
contains APs listed as OFWs.  Aquatic Preserve information is also available in the 
Aquatic Preserves layers maintained by DEP/CAMA.

Currently, all aquatic preserves are also Outstanding Florida Waters (OFWs).  This
was not the case in the past and may change again in the future, but an Aquatic
Preserve was dropped.  It's important to note that there are three aquatic preserves
whose OFW boundaries differ from the aquatic preserve boundary. These are
described more specifically in the OFW rule 62-302.700:  Indian River Malabar
to Vero expansion - does not include portions of Sebastian and Turkey Creeks;
Wekiva River - does not include portions of the St. Johns River; and Big
Bend - the OFW rule specifies certain "incorporated and unincorporated
areas that are excluded."
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Source_Scale_Denominator: 24,000
OFW Aquatic Preserves Category:

Aquatic Preserve boundaries were created by the Florida Marine Research 
Institute (FMRI)/CAMRA.  We are using these boundaries to represent the OFWs 
that are also designated Aquatic Preserves 

Special OFW Category :

The streams and lakes that do not have defined legal boundaries were 
automated using methods other than transferring legal descriptions into a 
digital format.  Because of the interpretive nature of the boundaries for the 
Special Waters Category, we have avoided making any implication that this line 
represents the ordinary high water line that separates the State-owned lands 
from privately-owned lands by referring to this line as a fuzzy boundary or 
trip wire.  Final determinations of these boundaries will require on-site 
inspections or aerial photo-interpretations coupled with field verifications 
and will not be carried out for any of the streams and lakes designated as 
OFWs, in the short term.  These interpretive boundaries were designed to alert 
persons making land use decisions that on-site inspections or further 
investigations by qualified soils scientists or botanists may be necessary.  
These interpretive boundaries are necessary because if a proposed activity 
falls within or near an OFW boundary, different, more stringent permitting 
review standards are imposed on the permittee's application.   
The OFW Special Water boundary is based on the contour lines from the 
U.S. Geological  Survey 1:24000-scale quadrangle maps.  This boundary is 
labeled with the elevation of those contours that are most likely to meet the 
criteria of supporting obligate and facultative plants and hydric soils.  These 
elevations are 5 or 10 feet apart vertically, so that other information was 
used to modify the line.  Currently, the best additional information is a set 
of EOSAT satellite images from 1992.  The 1994 EOSAT imagery was also 
available, but because 1994 was an extremely wet year, the spectral reflectance 
values were judged less reliable. 
However, other indications that the area inside the Special Waters 
delineation line is likely to meet the rule's criteria are the swamp symbols on 
the quadrangle, the change in slope that is indicative of  the seepage line, or 
springs that indicate that the groundwater is near the surface at  that 
elevation.  Cultural features can also be helpful.  Roads often stop at wetted 
areas and buildings are usually (but not always) built above the elevation of 
the water feature's most frequent floods.  Similarly, railroads are usually 
built up high enough to stay dry.  This information is generally discernible on 
USGS 7.5 minute quadrangles. 

Other OFW Categories :

All other categories are taken from the Lands managed for Conservation 
created and compiled by GEOPLAN or have been created by us using descriptions 
from the Outstanding Florida Waters documentation.  Those boundaries created 
internally were scanned from published materials, registered and rectified with 
1:24,000 USGS Public Land Survey section corners.  Data was then extracted from 
USGS 1:24,000 hydrology layer and attributed.  For boundaries not completely 
represented by USGS 1:24,000 hydrology layer, arcs were digitized directly from 
the scanned material to complete the boundary. 
State Parks and Recreational Areas Category 

The COGO method has several advantages and disadvantages for use in 
producing a database for the OFWs.  It uses primary source material - the legal 
description on the deed.  Data created using this method should have validity 
within the legal system because it is from a source familiar to the courts.  
Other agencies are using the COGO system so it is a familiar process and 
product.  COGO methodology is appropriate in that it weds the new system for 
describing land ownership to the existing system.  Additionally, each parcel 
boundary will be maintained in a digital form and can be extracted from the 
official boundary as a parcel's status changes.  This data layer will also be 
maintained and updated by the stewards of all the state park boundaries data, 
so as the parcel boundaries change, the OFW boundaries will automatically be 
updated.  The downside is that COGO (or the survey data it automates) is labor 
intensive and requires extensive training and expertise to use.  Each legal 
description references source materials that may only be available locally or 
from the county appraiser's office, at a cost of travel and materials.  Each  
park boundary may have numerous parcels transferred to the state at different 
times and some parcel boundaries overlap. 
Legal descriptions were transferred to digital form using the COGO 
modules in  ESRI's ARC/INFO software on a UNIX platform DEC Alpha 3000 
workstation and Softdesk's ADDCAD Civil/Survey software on 486/90 DELL personal 
computers configured with 1 gigabyte storage memory, 32 megabytes of RAM, 17" 
VGA monitors and running DOS.  Both platforms are connected to HP-650C 
plotters.  See Standard COGO Procedures developed by the Division of Parks and 
Process_Date: 1996
Contact_Organization: Florida Department of Environmental Protection/Water Resource Management
Contact_Person: Janet Klemm; Ron Hughes
Contact_Position: Environmental Specialist III; Env. Specialist
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
2600 Blair Stone Rd
City: Talahassee
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 32399-2400
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 850/245-8427; 850/245-8541
Librarian coverage transformed from NAD27 to HPGN using PROJECT command.
Process_Date: Spring 1997
Shapefile of this dataset was inserted into Spatial Database Engine.
Process_Date: Spring 1999
35 NULL and 305 'OUT PARCEL' records were removed at
the request of Richard Butgereit and Kathleen Swanson of ERP.
Process_Date: October 2000
Layer recreated as one OFW layer from three separate OFW designation layers.
Process_Date: 12/18/02
Updated from Shapefile from Ron Hughes in FDEP WRM.
Process_Date: 09/08/03
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Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: G-polygon
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 3733
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Map_Projection_Name: Albers Conical Equal Area
Standard_Parallel: 24.000000
Standard_Parallel: 31.500000
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -84.000000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 24.000000
False_Easting: 400000.000000
False_Northing: 0.000000
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.000500
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000500
Planar_Distance_Units: meters
Horizontal_Datum_Name: D_North_American_1983_HARN
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222
Altitude_Resolution: 1.000000
Altitude_Encoding_Method: Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates
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Attribute_Label: TYPE
Attribute_Label: NAME
Attribute_Label: ALT_NAME
Attribute_Label: RULE_ID
Attribute_Label: GIS_ID
Attribute_Label: NOTES
Attribute_Label: SHAPE
Feature geometry.
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute_Label: OBJECTID
Internal feature number.
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute_Label: SHAPE.AREA
Attribute_Label: SHAPE.LEN
Internal feature number.
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute_Label: TYPE2
Attribute_Label: OWNER2
Attribute_Label: OFW_ID2
Attribute_Label: SOURCE2
Attribute_Label: SHAPE
Feature geometry.
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute_Label: OBJECTID
Attribute_Label: SHAPE.AREA
Attribute_Label: SHAPE.LEN
STANDARD COGO PROCEDURES used in creating original source information
REVISED 5/1/95 
	1.1  Start a new AutoCad/COGO drawing using the CGPROTO.DWG prototype 
drawing found in 
	1.2  File the new drawing under the park ID number plus "CG" 
		1.2.1 Example: SOOOO1CG.dwg for Addison Blockhouse S.H.S. 
		1.2.2  All park drawings shall be filed in 
	1.3  Attach, as an Xref, the USGS quad(s), if available. 
		1.3.1  All USGS quads may be found in 
		1.3.2  The USGS quads are for reference only and shall not be 
	2.1     Electronic survey file:  Parcel deeds from 1991 to present may 
have an electronic survey file.  Research should be done to locate any 
electronic files from Survey and.  Mapping.  The electronic survey files need 
to be verified per our deeds to be certain all out easements and out parcels 
are represented.  Also, one survey may encompass several deeds and will need to 
be broken out deed per deed. 
	2.2    Deed descriptions :  The parcel boundaries will be generated 
from the legal descriptions on the deeds. 
	2.3    USGS 1-24,000 electronic quads:  Certain information on the 
electronic quads (section lines, water meander lines and roadways) may be used  
if and only if better information, such as bearing and distance calls and 
electronic survey information, is not available  
	2.4    USGS 1-24,000 paper quads:  Hardcopies of USGS quadrangle maps 
compliment the electronic quads and provide a good visual reference.  In 
addition, if the electronic quad is not available, section lines, water meander 
lines and  roadways may be digitized from the paper quads as a last resort. 
	2.5    TRW/REDI  tax maps:  Tax maps are available for some counties 
and provide information on tax parcels, government lots and roadways. 
	2.6    Additional sources: 
		2.6.1  Government survey plats show government lot boundaries. 
		2.6.2  Water line surveys are available for some coastal water 
lines and river meander lines. 
		2.6.3  Base maps for the parks may help to clarify confusing 
boundaries but are to be used for visual reference only 
	3.1  Electronic quads :  If the quad(s) you need is/are not on the QUAD 
directory, notify Kelley in writing requesting the specific quad(s) by quad 
		3.1.1 The quad number (s) for each park may be determined as 
		1)  find the general park location using THE FLORIDA STATE PARK 
SYSTEM map, 
			2)  from the GMDNCC FLORIDA BASEMAP, select the USGS 
Quadrangle(s) corresponding to the paper quadrangle(s) in the COGO folder for 
that park, 
			3)  each quad has a four (4) digit number followed by 
the letter "N", "W",  or "E" associated with north, west and east zones, 
respectfully -- choose the zone which applies to all or most of the previously 
selected quad(s), 
			4) record the quad number (s) on parks COGO folder and 
COGO Boundary Development Sheet. 
		3.1.2  Record the request in your COGO notebook 
	3.2  Electronic survey:  If you need an electronic survey file, notify 
Kayle in writing.  Include the park name, county, Section, Township and Range, 
deed date, grantor and any other information you feel may be helpful. 
		3.2.1  Record the request in your COGO notebook.   
	3.3  TRW/REED tax maps:  Copies of tax maps may be obtained by 
notifying Todd in writing.  Include the county, Section, Township and Range 
with your request. 
		3.3.1 Record the request in your COGO notebook. 
	3.4  Deeds and official records:  For deeds and other count records, 
notify Todd in writing.  Include the county, O.R. book and page numbers and any 
other information you feel may be helpful. Make absolutely certain that the 
parcel  boundaries cannot be completed without this information before you 
request it. 
		3.4.1 Record the request in your COGO notebook.	 
	3.5  Additional information:  Should you require any other resources 
such as government survey plats or water line surveys, notify Todd in writing.  
Include the park name, county, Section, Township and Range and any other 
information you feel may be helpful. 
		3.5.1  Record the request in your COGO notebook. 
4  PARCEL BOUNDARY DEVELOPMENT For our purposes a parcel is defined as all that 
area,  upland or submerged, as described by a single deed. 
	4.1  From electronic survey:  If an electronic survey is used, the 
parcel boundary shall be WBLOCKed and INSERTed on the park drawing.  For an 
insertion point, use the POINT OF BEGINNING as specified on the electronic 
	4.2  From legal descriptions:  Most parcel boundaries will be created 
from the legal deed descriptions.  These descriptions may provide bearing and 
distance calls or refer to quadrangle sections, manmade or natural features, 
government lots, tax parcels, or a combination thereof. 
		4.2.1 Bearing and distance calls are the most accurate of all 
the deed information and shall be used whenever available, even for water 
lines, section lines and roadways. 
		NOTE:   If a bearing and a distance are provided but the 
description also refers to a specific location (section line, roadway, water 
line, etc.)  and the location can be positively determined, follow the bearing 
to the specified location regardless of the distance. 
		4.2.2  When it is necessary to use information from an 
electronic quad,  verify the entities needed for your parcel boundary then 
duplicate them on your drawing file. 
		4.2.3. If REDI tax maps are used, dimensions may be scaled but 
verify that the scale you are using is correct and that  you can accurately 
locate the parcel boundaries on the electronic quad(s).  Also, parcel 
information may be digitized as a last resort. 
	4.3.  From other sources:  Only as a last resort and in the absence of 
more accurate information, other sources may be used to complete parcel 
boundaries.  However, the use of any sources not specified in this section 
requires Todd's approval. 
		4.3.1.  Also, record your request and Todd's decision in your 
COGO notebook. 
		4.3.2.  Todd will notify Kelley when other information is used. 
	5.1  Parcel boundaries:  The boundaries of each parcel shall meet the 
following requirements. 
		5.1.1  All parcel boundaries shall be on the B-PARCEL layer. 
		5.1.2. Individual parcel boundaries should close but do not 
need to be polylines. 
		5.1.3 All temporary lines used to create parcel boundaries 
should be removed. 
		5.1.4. Parcels should not overlap. Notify Todd if this occurs. 
		5.1.5.  When two parcels touch along one or more sides, only 
one (1) dividing line is necessary.  Double lines should be avoided.  
	5.2  Parcel numbers:  Each parcel shall be given a nine (9) digit 
identification number (####-#####) as follows. 
		5.2.1  The first four (4) digits correspond to the Unit I.D. 
Number for the park being developed. 
		5.2.2  The last five (5) digits are used to sequentially number 
the parcels in chronological order according to deed date where "-00001" refers 
to the oldest deed.  NOTE:  If a parcel is added later, chose the next 
available number regardless of deed date and do not renumber the parcels. 
		5.2.3  Clearly label each parcel on the drawing with its 
complete parcel number. 
		5.2.4  All parcel number labels and associated leader lines 
shall be on the B-PARTXT layer. 
		5.2.5 	Record each parcel number, grantor and deed date on the 
		5.2.6	If a lease exists without a deed, use the lessor and 
lease date in place of the grantor and deed date and note it on the park's 
		5.2.7	Example:  "0001-00001" would represent the parcel 
described in the oldest deed for Addison Blockhouse S.H.S. 
	5.3	Out parcels:  Out parcels are areas removed from a parcel 
according to the legal description and should have their own respective 
		5.3.1   All out parcel boundaries shall be on the B-OUTL layer. 
		5.3.2	In addition to its own boundary, each out parcel shall 
have a parcel boundary on the B-PARCEL layer and a park boundary on the B-BNDL  
		5.3.3	Clearly label all out parcels with the word "OUT".    
		5.3.4	All "OUT" labels and associated leader lines shall be 
on the B-OUTTXT  layer/  
		5.3.5	Out parcels will not be recorded on the PARCEL 
	5.4  Park boundary:  After all the parcel boundaries have been 
completed, create a separate polyline boundary for the entire park. 
	         5.4.1  If the park consists of several  non-adjoining pieces, 
each piece should have its own separate polyline boundary. 
	         5.4.2  All boundary lines shall be on the B-BNDL layer.
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Resource_Description: Outstanding Florida Waters
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Metadata_Date: 20030909
Contact_Organization: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Contact_Person: GIS Section
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
2600 Blair Stone Rd
Twin Towers MS 6520
City: Tallahassee
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 32399-2400
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 850/245-8238
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
Profile_Name: ESRI Metadata Profile
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