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Database of Stream Crossings in the United States


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Wieferich, D.J., 2022, Database of Stream Crossings in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This USGS data release is intended to provide a baselayer of information on likely stream crossings throughout the United States. The geopackage provides likely crossings of infrastructure and streams and provides observed information that helps validate modeled crossings and build knowledge about associated conditions through time (e.g. crossing type, crossing condition). Stream crossings were developed by intersecting the 2020 United States Census Bureau Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) U.S. road lines with the National Hydrography Dataset High Resolution flowlines. The current version of this data release specifically focuses on road stream crossings (i.e. TIGER2020 Roads) but is designed to support [...]


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Daniel J Wieferich
Originator :
Daniel J Wieferich
Metadata Contact :
Daniel J Wieferich
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Core Science Systems
SDC Data Owner :
Science Analytics and Synthesis

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Efforts such as the National Fish Habitat Partnership have identified stream connectivity as a habitat conservation priority. To fully understand benefits of conservation efforts a baseline knowledge of stream connectivity must be established. Specifically building knowledge of stream crossing locations and associated characteristics across the landscape can help aquatic organism research and management to better a) quantify potential disturbance in watershed analyses, b) assist in prioritizing stream crossing aquatic organism passage survey sites, c) provide a spatial framework to help spatially align field sampled information , d) estimate potential fish passage structures on the landscape, e) prioritize and quantify value of fish habitat conservation projects, and f) identify shared priorities for infrastructure improvement and aquatic organism passage.


Public Domain. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P9YX6KTB

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