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Model My Watershed FAQ

Last updated on June 6, 2019

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1.How Do I Connect/ Log In/ Create an Account? #

Creating an account gives you access to the use of additional features, most importantly the ability to create user preferences and save and share your projects.

To create an account:

  1. Go to https://modelmywatershed.org/ and click “Login” in the black bar at the top right of the screen.
  2. Select “Register” at the bottom of the pop-up window. Fill in all of the required fields and submit the form.
  3. Check your inbox for an activation email; you must click a link in the activation email to finish the registration process. Check your spam/trash folders if you don’t see it in your inbox. These emails are sometimes blocked by institutional (e.g. business, agency, or school) spam filters, so you may need to contact your systems administrator.
  4. You may now log in following the steps below.

To log in to an existing account:

  1. Go to https://modelmywatershed.org/ and click “Login” in the black bar at the top right of the screen.
  2. Enter your username (not your email address!) and password. Forgot your password? Click the “Reset your password” link at the bottom of the login form.

If these steps don’t help with your specific issue, you may contact us (https://wikiwatershed.org/contact/) for more assistance.

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2.How Do I Find My Location in Model My Watershed? #

Type an address or place name in the “Jump to location or HUC” search box located near the top right of the Model My Watershed screen and choose your location from the suggestion list. The map will then be centered on that location.

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3.Can I Use Model My Watershed Internationally? #

Model My Watershed is currently only available for the continental United States.

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4.How Do I Free-Draw a Polygon/Area Around My Watershed? #

To free draw a study area of any size and shape:

  1. Select “Draw area” from the “Select Area” function.
  2. The “Draw area” drop-down menu has two options: Free draw or Square Km. Select “Free draw.”
  3. Move your cursor to the map area and, with a single click, select a point that is somewhere on the boundary that you want to create.
  4. Move your cursor along the desired boundary continuing to single-click at each corner or whenever the boundary is not in a straight line.
  5. Close the “Free draw” area either by single-clicking on your first point again or double-clicking at any time which automatically makes a line back to the first point.
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5.How Do I Save and Share a Project? #

To save and share projects you must first be logged in with your user account.

Projects are automatically saved as an “Untitled Project” once you select a model to run.

To share results and model outputs in Model My Watershed you can access them under “My Projects” which is one of the options in the drop-down menu under your username in the black bar at the top right of the screen. There is then the option to make your projects public and to share the URL with others. You can rename your projects in this “My Projects” screen.

All of the same options (Share, Make Public, Delete, Rename, or go to My Projects) in the “My Projects” screen are also available while working on individual projects by selecting the drop-down menu of the “Untitled Project” in the black bar at the top left of the screen.

Printing the screen and copy and pasting data from the screen are other current options. You can also click on “Download this data,” which provides a spreadsheet of all of the data in the tables at the left of the screen during your model runs.

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6.How Do I Import GIS-Drawn Shape Files for My Watershed Boundary? #

Use the “Upload file” link to upload and study a polygon for your area. You can drag-and-drop or select shapefiles (.shp and .prg) or GeoJSON files and then use that study area for all analysis and modeling in Model My Watershed.

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7.Can I Add My Citizen Science Water Quality Data into Model My Watershed? #

Yes! The Monitor My Watershed data portal (https://monitormywatershed.org/) is in development and currently allows sharing of environmental monitoring sensor data and Leaf Pack Network macroinvertebrate data. Model My Watershed pulls data from the portal into the “Monitor” tab within the web app.

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8.Can I Change Between Units of Measurement? #

Yes! To change between units of measurement:

  • Click on your login name in the upper right hand corner of the black bar and click “My Account.”
  • Click to the “Profile” screen and look for “Unit Scheme.”
  • Click the drop-down menu and select either “Metric” or “US Customary” and then “Save changes.”

Now, if you re-open a project, your units will be converted to the new units option selected. Please note, that to propagate this change in any projects saved to HydroShare, you will need to export your project once again.

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9.How Can I Print/Download My Results? #

Do you want to share your results and model outputs?
See the “How Do I Save and Share a Project?” section in this document.

Do you want a copy of your maps?
There currently isn’t a way to download the maps, although we hope to add one in a future release. You can use the “Print screen” capability of your internet browser or you can use the Snipping Tool (Windows) or Grab (Macintosh) to capture just the desired portion of your screen. The resulting screen image capture can be saved as a jpg, gif or png image file.

Do you want a copy of your data?
Click on the “Download this data” button at the bottom of the “Analyze” section. It will download a CSV file of all of the data in the tables at the left of the screen during your model runs.

Do you want to download a shapefile or GeoJSON file?
Click on the download icon near the top right corner of the “Analyze” section and choose your download file type.

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10.What Are the Sources of Model My Watershed Data? #

Model My Watershed’s animal data come from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (https://www.nass.usda.gov/). Data for each county in the United States was obtained and estimates of animal types per acre of agricultural land were calculated. Animal estimates by type are then apportioned for any given watershed based on the acres of agricultural land (cropland, hay/pasture) in that watershed.

There is a more robust amount of data for the Delaware River Watershed area due to a grant from the William Penn Foundation that allowed us to work with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative’s Stream Reach Assessment Tool (https://www.streamreachtools.org/)for data collection and analysis.

Land coverage data comes from the United States Geological Service. More information can be found in the Model My Watershed Technical Documentation (http://wikiwatershed.org/documentation/mmw-tech/).

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11.Are There Resources for Teachers? #

Yes!  We have lesson plans to use with Model My Watershed. You can access them on the Curriculum page (https://wikiwatershed.org/curriculum/).

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12.What Is the Correct Citation for Model My Watershed for Use in Papers? #

Citing Model Data

If you are using a specific output map and data that you modeled then you should make that project “Public” in your “My Projects” and then “Share” the project to get the specific URL for your project. Then follow APA formatting for Graphic Data (e.g. Interactive Maps and Other Graphic Representations of Data):

  1. Give the name of the researching organization followed by the date.
  2. In brackets, provide a brief explanation of what type of data is there and in what form it appears.
  3. Finally, provide the project name and retrieval information.

Example: Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment. (2007). [Graph illustration the SORCE Spectral Plot May 8, 2008]. Solar Spectral Data Access from the SIM, SOLSTICE, and XPS Instruments. Retrieved from http://lasp.colorado.edu/cgi-bin/ion-p?page=input_data_for_ spectra.ion

Citing the Software

If you want to cite Model My Watershed in general, follow APA format for computer software. Software that is downloaded from a website should provide the software’s version and year when available.

Example: Stroud Water Research Center. (2017). Model My Watershed [Software]. Available from https://wikiwatershed.org/

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13.Can I Add My State's Water Quality Data? #

The ability to upload datasets is not currently available but is planned for the future. Go to the Model My Watershed Technical Documentation (https://wikiwatershed.org/documentation/mmw-tech/) to see what data is currently available.

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14.Credits #

Model My Watershed is part of the WikiWatershed® toolkit which is an initiative of Stroud™ Water Research Center (http://www.stroudcenter.org/). The Stroud Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

Documentation Contributors

  • Jennifer Totora, Stroud Water Research Center
  • Heather Brooks, Stroud Water Research Center

Collaborating Organizations

  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Azavea
  • Concord Consortium
  • LimnoTech
  • Millersville University
  • Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
  • University of Washington
  • Utah State University

See the Model My Watershed page (http://wikiwatershed.org/model/) for more information about these organizations and individuals.

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15.Send Us Feedback #

Please help us improve this guide. You can leave feedback by looking for the “Was this helpful? Yes or No” text at the end of each section. If your answer is no, or if you see something that needs to be changed, please use the “Suggest an edit” link and fill out a quick form. Your feedback will not be displayed on the web page but will be emailed to the webmaster.

Additional resources can be found on the Model My Watershed help page (https://wikiwatershed.org/help/model-help/). If you’ve reviewed the resources and still need help, or if you would like to report a bug, please use our contact form (https://wikiwatershed.org/contact/).

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