Metadata: DNR/MPCA Cooperative Stream Gaging Locations

DNR/MPCA Cooperative Stream Gaging Locations

This page last updated: 05/02/2022
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  1. Overview
  2. Data Quality
  3. Data Organization
  4. Coordinate System
  5. Attributes
  6. Distribution - Get Data
  7. Metadata Reference

Section 1: Overview

Originator:Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Title: DNR/MPCA Cooperative Stream Gaging Locations

Abstract: MNDNR and MPCA Cooperative Stream Monitoring Locations extracted from KISTER'S Water Information Systems (WISKI) time series database. Data collected at these locations may include water quality, water quantity or climatology data collected by the MNDNR, MPCA, MDA, USGS and partners. The locations mirror the available data on the MNDNR's Cooperative Stream Gaging website:

Purpose: To provide locations and a summary of the associated data of stations apart of the Cooperative Stream Gaging Monitoring Network.

Time Period of Content Date: 12/04/2023

Currentness Reference: Time Period of Content Date indicates when dataset was last updated.

Progress: Planned

Maintenance and Update Frequency: Continually

Spatial Extent of Data: Minnesota

Bounding Coordinates: -97.23

Place Keywords: Minnesota

Theme Keywords: Streams, Springs, Rivers, Surface water, Water quality, Load, Streamflow, Mesonet, Basin, Edge of field, Telemetry, Permit required monitoring.

Theme Keyword Thesaurus:

Access Constraints: None

Use Constraints: None

Contact Person Information: Cooperative Stream Gaging, GIS Data Contact
Minnesota DNR - Ecological and Water Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155

Browse Graphic: Click to view a data sample.

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy:

Logical Consistency:


Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Vertical Positional Accuracy:


Section 3: Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4: Coordinate System

Horizontal Coordinate Scheme: Universal Transverse Mercator

UTM Zone Number: 15

Horizontal Datum: NAD83

Horizontal Units: meters

Vertical Datum:

Vertical Units:

Depth Datum:

Depth Units:

Section 5: Attributes

Overview: Overview: For additional attribute information, view the data dictionary

Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
DNR/MPCA Cooperative Stream Gaging Locations - Feature Table
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
The station identifier in the Wiski Database.
Station name.
UTM Easting coordinate.
UTM Northing coordinate.
Latitude coordinate in NAD 1983.
Longitude coordinate in NAD 1983.
Type of hydrologic monitoring station. Stations can have multiple characteristics and are combined by a ;. See station characteristics list on the Appendix tab.
County name in which the station is located.
Code associated to the county in which the station is located.
DNR minor watershed ID.
Federal HUC 12 watershed ID.
State personnel responsible for maintaining station.
Environmental Quality Information System ID.
USGS ID for station
National Weather Service Location Identifier.
Organizations associated with the station, multiples separated by a ;.
Date of first field visit.
Date of most recent field visit.
MPCA Biofield number
Unique station identifier. This ID is the same as the Station_id without the leading letter.
Url to the cooperative stream gauging or cooperative ground water monitoring websites
Binary variable: 0 for no provisional data. 1 for has provisional data.
Binary variable: 0 for no approved data. 1 for has approved data.

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Publication Date: 05/14/2021

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota DNR - GIS
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5637

Distributor's Data Set Identifier: env_wiski_coop_stream_gaging

Distribution Liability: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources General Geographic Data License Agreement is online:

Ordering Instructions: Please visit the download page for this dataset on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons website using the web link below (Online Linkage).

Online Linkage: I AGREE to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above. Clicking to agree will either begin the download process, link to a service, or provide more instructions. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7: Metadata Reference

Metadata Date: 05/02/2022

Contact Person Information: Carrie Robertson, Database Hydrologist
Minnesota DNR - Ecological and Water Resources
325 Randolph Ave, Suite 500
Saint Paul, MN  55102
Phone: 651-539-2116

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2

This page last updated: 05/02/2022
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