Drainage Districts, Dane County (WI)

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What does this data set describe?

Title: Drainage Districts, Dane County (WI)
Abstract:
Drainage districts are local governmental districts which are organized to drain lands for agricultural or other purposes. Landowners who benefit from drainage must pay assessments to cover the cost of constructing, maintaining, and repairing the district drains. The majority of the existing drainage districts in the state were formed in the early 1900s. Laws governing drainage districts are Ch. ATCP 48, Wis. Admin. Code and statute Ch. 88, Wis. Stats. The district boundaries shown in this layer are of varying status. Districts whose status is "Proposed" have yet to be legally created by the county circuit court. Typically, these districts have completed most of the requirements of Chp. 88 Wis. Stats. and await action by the county circuit court, the county drainage board, or by DATCP. "Active" districts assess members to perform maintenance, construct new infrastructure, and conduct drainage board proceedings. "Dissolved" districts have been discontinued by court order. In these districts county drainage boards can no longer levy assessments or perform maintenance. "Inactive" districts are districts that have not been legally dissolved but are not maintained or assessed. Districts whose status is "Transferred" have been turned over to a municipality for administrative purposes. Several districts have not been legally dissolved, but are nevertheless prevented from performing maintenance or spending money; these districts have a "Stop Work" order placed on them by county circuit courts. Finally, due to gaps in the historical record, there are districts whose status is "Unknown." Any questions regarding a specific district should be directed to the local drainage board. General technical or legal questions regarding drainage districts or this data layer may be directed to the State Drainage Engineer, Seth McClure, at seth.mcclure@wisconsin.gov or (608) 224-4627.
Supplemental_Information: <http://datcp.wi.gov/Environment/Drainage_Programs/index.aspx>
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Dane County Land & Water Resource Department, 2012, Drainage Districts, Dane County (WI).

    Online Links:

    • Server=LIO-SQLdw; Service=sde:sqlserver:lio-SQLdw; Database=GISdw; User=L; Version=sde.DEFAULT

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -89.655492
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -88.991513
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 43.312080
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.814205

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Calendar_Date: 2012
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      This is a Vector data set.

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Planar coordinates are encoded using coordinate pair
      Abscissae (x-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.000031
      Ordinates (y-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.000031
      Planar coordinates are specified in survey feet

      The horizontal datum used is D_North_American_1983_HARN.
      The ellipsoid used is Geodetic Reference System 80.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222.

      Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
      Altitude_System_Definition:
      Altitude_Resolution: 1.000000
      Altitude_Encoding_Method:
      Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    GISdw.L.DrainageDistricts

    OBJECTID
    Internal feature number. (Source: ESRI)

    Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

    SHAPE
    Feature geometry. (Source: ESRI)

    Coordinates defining the features.

    DD_NO
    Internal drainage district ID number (Source: DATCP)

    DD_STATUS
    Drainage district status (Source: DATCP)

    ValueDefinition
    ProposedProposed districts are in the legal process of formation as detailed in s.88 Wis Stats.
    ActiveActive drainage districts can assess members to perform maintenance, construct new infrastructure, and conduct drainage board proceedings
    DissolvedDissolved districts have been discontinued by court order—they are no longer legal entities.
    SuspendedBy court order, or order of the drainage board, these districts have ceased to incur costs, levy assessments, or perform maintenance. They are still legally organized districts.
    UnknownThe status of these districts is unclear due to gaps in the historical record

    BOARD_CNTY
    County in which the drainage district board resides (Source: DATCP)

    DD_ACRES
    Drainage district acres (Source: DATCP)

    VERIF_MTHD
    Drainage district boundary verification method. To the extent possible, existing county data was verified against official DATCP records and discrepancies resolved. (Source: DATCP)

    ValueDefinition
    Historic mapDistrict boundary based on historical official map.
    Legal descriptionDistrict has no known official map. District boundary based on original legal descriptions of parcels included in the district as presented to the county circuit court.
    Official specificationDistrict boundary based on official specifications, in accordance with ATCP 48.20, and adopted by the county drainage board and approved by DATCP.
    Proposed mapBoundary for a district that has been proposed but not yet officially created by the county circuit court is based on the proposed map

    DD_Name
    Common drainage district name (Source: DATCP)

    Shape.area

    Shape.len


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
    Attn: Seth McClure
    State Drainage Engineer
    2811 Agriculture Dr
    Madison, WI 53718
    USA

    608.224.4627 (voice)
    Seth.McClure@wisconsin.gov

    Hours_of_Service: 8:00am to 5:00pm


Why was the data set created?

In response to new regulation (Act 121, 2007) drainage boards were required to notify all landowners within drainage districts that their property was subject to assessment. However, this proved difficult as many active districts had maps that were either decades old or non-existant. Prior to this layer's creation there was no comprehensive catalog of state drainage districts.This data layer was compiled to provide a way to provide accurate and timely maps of state drainage districts for state agencies, engineering consultants, county land conservation staff, realtors, and landowners. This dataset is a subset of the statewide data that only contains drainage districts that are all or in part within Dane County


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
This dataset shows the approximate boundaries and status of drainage districts in Wisconsin as of 7/06/2011. It is intended for general reference, rather than site-specific uses. Drainage district boundary data was obtained and compiled from multiple county and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) sources. If available, spatial data from counties was provided in various formats, coordinate systems, and scales, and was of varying ages. To the extent possible, county data was verified against official DATCP records and discrepancies resolved. Drainage district boundaries and status are updated on an "as needed" basis.
This dataset is not an authoritative source of information about legal land ownership, parcel boundaries, or public access. DATCP does not guarantee the accuracy, applicability for a particular use, completeness, or legality of data provided by other sources. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding the accuracy or utility of this data.
Questions regarding a specific drainage district, the location of a land parcel within a drainage district, or fees assessed for specific parcels should be directed to the appropriate local drainage board or county department. General technical or legal questions regarding drainage districts or this data layer should be directed to the State Drainage Engineer at Seth.McClure@wi.gov or 608-224-4627.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade * consumer Protection
    Attn: Seth McClure
    State Drainage Engineer
    2811 Agriculture Dr
    Madison, WI 53718
    USA

    608.224.4627 (voice)
    Seth.McClure@wisconsin.gov

    Hours_of_Service: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Wisconsin Drainage Districts

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    This dataset is not an authoritative source of information about legal land ownership, parcel boundaries, or public access. DATCP does not guarantee the accuracy, applicability for a particular use, completeness, or legality of data provided by other sources. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding the accuracy or utility of this data.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 11-Jun-2012
Metadata author:
Dane County Land Information Office
Attn: Fred Iausly
Senior GIS Analyst
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd; Rm 339
Madison, WI 53703
USA

(608) 266-4398 (voice)
(608) 266-1242 (FAX)
Seth.McClure@wisconsin.gov

Hours_of_Service: Normal Business Hours (8:00am - 4:30pm)
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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