Model My Watershed FAQ
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:
- Go to app.wikiwatershed.org and click “Login” in the black bar at the top right of the screen.
- Select “Register” at the bottom of the pop-up window. Fill in all of the required fields and submit the form.
- 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.
- You may now log in following the steps below.
To log in to an existing account:
- Click “Login” in the black bar at the top right of the screen.
- Enter your username (not your email address!) and password.
If these steps don’t help with your specific issue, you may contact us for more assistance.
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.
3.Can I Use Model My Watershed Internationally?
Model My Watershed is currently only available for the continental United States.
4.How Do I Free-Draw a Polygon/Area Around My Watershed?
To free draw a study area of any size and shape:
- Select “Draw area” from the “Select Area” function.
- The “Draw area” drop-down menu has two options: Free draw or Square Km. Select “Free draw.”
- 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.
- Move your cursor along the desired boundary continuing to single-click at each corner or whenever the boundary is not in a straight line.
- 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.
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.
7.Can I Add My Citizen Science Water Quality Data into Model My Watershed?
This feature is coming soon! We are developing a data portal where you can add your data. Model My Watershed will then pull it into the “Monitor” tab within the web app.
8.Can I Change Between Units of Measurement?
The units of measurements used in Model My Watershed are those that are most commonly used by scientists. We hope to add an option for switching between metric and U.S. Standard Units in 2018.
9.How Can I Print My Results?
Do you want to share your results and model outputs? See “Save and Share a Project.”
Do you want a copy of your data? 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.
Do you want a copy of your maps? There currently isn’t a way to download the maps. 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.
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. 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 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.
11.Are There Resources for Teachers?
Yes! We have lesson plans to use with Model My Watershed. You can access them on the Help page.
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):
- Give the name of the researching organization followed by the date.
- In brackets, provide a brief explanation of what type of data is there and in what form it appears.
- 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/
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 to see what data is currently available.