The Van Buren County Hydric Areas Viewer

Welcome to the Van Buren County Hydric Areas Viewer, an advanced interactive web mapping interface designed to illuminate the intricate balance between water resources and land use within Van Buren County, MI. This platform meticulously integrates essential datasets including the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI), Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) for hydric soils, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood plains, watershed boundaries, parcels, and water features. This comprehensive tool is crafted to support informed decision-making in environmental conservation, land management, and community planning.

Why It Is Important

The sustainability of our communities and natural ecosystems is deeply intertwined with how we manage and interact with our water resources. The Van Buren County Hydric Areas Viewer offers an invaluable perspective on the county's wetlands, hydric soils, flood plains, and watersheds, alongside detailed parcel data and water features. It serves as a critical resource for:

  • Visualizing the overlay of natural water systems with human land use, enabling holistic environmental planning and conservation efforts.
  • Providing actionable insights for local government officials, land use planners, conservationists, educators, and the public to safeguard our water quality, ecosystems, and community health.
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness by mapping flood risk areas and informing infrastructure development and emergency response strategies.

What It Can Be Used For

The Van Buren County Hydric Areas Viewer is designed for a wide array of applications, making it an indispensable resource for:

  • Environmental Conservation and Restoration: Identify crucial wetland areas for preservation and target efforts for habitat restoration.
  • Strategic Land Use and Development: Utilize parcel-level information and environmental data to guide responsible development, zoning decisions, and land management practices.
  • Educational Initiatives: A resource for schools, colleges, and environmental education programs, enriching understanding of local geography, hydrology, and conservation principles.
  • Community Involvement and Awareness: Encourage community members to explore and understand the significance of their local water systems, fostering stewardship and engagement in conservation activities.
  • Research and Data Analysis: Offer a rich dataset for scientific research, environmental assessments, and policy formulation.

The Van Buren County Hydric Areas Viewer stands as a beacon of commitment to the preservation and wise management of our water resources and lands. By providing detailed, accessible, and interactive information, we empower all stakeholders to contribute to the sustainable future of Van Buren County. Explore the viewer today and discover how you can be a part of our collective environmental stewardship.

For more information about wetlands in Michigan, visit the EGLE Wetlands Map Viewer.

Hydric Areas Viewer

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