Desktop Tools or Frameworks

  • Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS) is an EPA framework designed to help scientists and engineers in the Regions, States, and Tribes conduct causal assessments in aquatic systems.
  • EPA’s Watershed assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results System (WATERS) unites water quality information previously available only from several independent and unconnected databases including the NHD and StreamCat.
  • StreamCat provides a suite of GIS metrics for every NHD segment and watershed in the lower 48 states. Metrics include natural and anthropogenic factors such as percent of certain geology types in the watershed and percent of watershed composed of agriculture.
  • LakeCat provides a suite of GIS metrics for every lake and its associated watershed in the lower 48 states.
  • StreamStats provides access to spatial analytical tools that are useful for water-resources planning and management, and for engineering and design purposes. The map-based user interface can be used to delineate drainage areas, get basin characteristics and estimates of flow statistics, and more.
  • Data Basin is a science-based mapping and analysis platform that supports learning, research, and sustainable environmental stewardship.
  • The Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT) is a planning tool intended to help researchers, restoration practitioners and resource managers assess the potential for beaver as a stream conservation and restoration agent over large regions and watersheds.
  • RCAT is a suite of stream network assessment tools. These tools are designed to delineate valley bottoms, assess riparian vegetation, evaluate floodplain condition and estimate recovery potential of riparian areas. The stream network models consist of the following: the Valley Bottom Extraction Tool (V-BET, Riparian Vegetation Departure (RVD) tool, Riparian Condition Assessment (RCA) tool and Riparian Recovery Potential (RRP) tool. These tools are intended to help researchers and managers assess riparian condition and recovery potential over large regions and watersheds.
  • The Watershed Planning Toolbox for Colorado is a comprehensive resource for wetland and riparian restoration and conservation planning at the watershed scale. It allows users to view wetlands, streams, likely wetland functions, ecological stressors, and high priority areas for conservation and restoration.