The Water Resources Management Division utilizes a Geographic Information System (GIS) in administering many of our programs.
A GIS is a specialized database system for storing and manipulating geographic information. It is particularly well suited for environmental data since almost all environmental data has a spatial component which can be used locate the dataset in both space and time.
Using this spatial component allows the Division to relate widely varying types of data into a common frame of reference and show the results in a map format.
As various spatial datasets are completed the Division will post the datasets and various interpretative maps on our web site for use by other agencies and the public.
Some of this data is available in Google Earth format. Google Earth is a free program from Google that is essentially a browser for geographic data. Google Earth combines medium to high resolution satellite imagery, maps, and user supplied data files like Public Water Supply boundaries. The satellite imagery for the Province is mostly medium resolution LandSat but there are portions of high resolution imagery available. The program allows you to fly in from space to your neighborhood, tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain, save and share your searches and favorites and even add your own annotations.
The offshore lines appearing in the Google maps below which purport to delimit the offshore area of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador have no legal effect. Apart from the boundaries established pursuant to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act, which include the line established pursuant to the 2002 award of the arbitration tribunal concerning the delimitation of portions of the offshore areas between Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, there are no agreed boundaries between the offshore areas of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada, the Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Quebec or the Nunavut Territory, and no such boundaries have been established under statute, regulation or agreement. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has made these facts known to Google.
Note: Google Earth is a high speed Internet, 3D application that not all computers can run. Windows-based desktop PCs older than four years may not be able to run Google Earth and Windows-based notebook PCs older than two years may not be able to run it.
Most of the data shown on this page is now also available via the Newfoundland and Labrador Water Resources Portal.