January 2006

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Self-extracting executable (43 MB), with:
 - ESRI Shapefiles (arc and polygon)
 - ArcMap layer file (.lyr) and ArcView 3.x legend files (.avl)

Overview

This dataset represents bathymetry of the Quabbin Reservoir at 10-foot intervals. Both contour lines and polygon features are available and were developed by the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection, Office of Watershed Management.

The data were generated from a raster image of a TIN model composed of digitized elevation point data which had been surveyed and mapped in the late 1920s, prior to the formation of Quabbin Reservoir. Supplemental elevation points representative of the current Reservoir shoreline, Winsor Dam and Goodnough Dike were added to improve the resulting TIN model. The nearest neighbor method with a cellsize of 5-meters was used to create this raster image.

This data is intended to be an accurate representation of the reservoir bathymetry. However, soil erosion and re-deposition, inaccuracies, typographical errors in the original mapping or other mistakes may exist. Therefore, the accuracy of these data is not intended to permit its use for precise navigation.

The contour layer is named QRBATH_ARC. A polygon layer containing depth ranges is named QRBATH_POLY.

In OLIVER and the Data Viewer, access the layers from:
   CATEGORY: Physical Resources>   Topography (Elevation) >   Quabbin Reservoir Bathymetry

Production

DCR generated contour lines from the TIN. MassGIS created polygons from the linework coded for depth range. To speed display, the polygons were split into sections, loosely following boundaries in the Orthophoto index layer (OQMAIN_POLY). As a result, when mapping the data MassGIS recommends displaying the polygons with no outline, with the the line layer drawn on top.

Attributes

The QRBATH_ARC attribute table has the following items:
Item Name Width/Type Description
ELEV 3 / Number Elevation above sea level (in feet)
DEPTH_F 3 / Number Depth (in feet) below reservoir surface level; values are positive if less than zero
DEPTH_M 6 / Float Depth (in meters) below reservoir surface level; values are positive if less than zero
CONTOUR 4 / Number Label for depth (in feet) below reservoir surface level; values are negative if less than zero
 The QRBATH_POLY attribute table has the following items:
Item Name Width / Type Description
HIGH 4 / Number High value (in feet) of depth of polygon below reservoir surface level
LOW 4 / Number Low value (in feet) of depth of polygon below reservoir surface level
DEPTH 12 / Text Range (in feet) of depth of polygon below reservoir surface level

Maintenance

DCR will maintain the data. No updates are planned.

Last Updated 7/16/2013