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How to Use the Massachusetts Watershed-Based Plan Application 
Introduction
Navigation Basics
Using The Primary Functionality Of The Web Mapping Tool
Instructions for Printing

Introduction
This web-based mapping application will allow you to select, query and zoom to areas of interest by town, major basin or HUC-12 subwatershed, and will display summarized water quality information by HUC12 and by basin. Once a HUC-12 subwatershed is selected, "Causes" of water quality concerns for that particular HUC-12 will appear in the "Causes" tab window. A Causes Grid can also be displayed showing all the causes that exist for all HUC-12s in a particular major basin.

Navigation Basics
In order to use this mapping application to its full capabilities, you need to know how to use the navigation tools associated with the map display. These tools/buttons are found directly above the map display (see below). Hover the cursor over each button to see the name of the tool.

Full View, Zoom, and Print: Click once on these buttons and wait for the map to respond.

Full View - zooms to the extent of the whole State
Zoom In To Center - zooms in (to center of map display) by a pre-determined amount
Zoom Out From Center - zooms out (from center of map display) by a pre-determined amount
Print - Opens a new web page showing just the current map, suitable for printing. See Instructions for Printing below.
Help - Brings up this page.

Zoom in, Pan, and Select from Map: click on these buttons to control the function of the cursor. For example, when the Zoom In tool is in use, place the cursor over the area you want to enlarge, click, and wait for the map to respond. Select by Site allows you to immediately see details about the area you click on, including town name, basin, and HUC. The Zoom In, Pan, and Select by Site tools remain active until a different tool is selected. You can tell which tool is active by seeing which button is depressed.

Zoom In - zoom in via a manually created zoom window extent
Pan - manually move/pan to different areas of the map
Select From Map - allows you to select, in one left mouse click, a town, major basin and HUC-12 and then display the impairments list for that HUC-12

Zoom Out/In Bar, Directional Arrows:


This Zoom Out/In Bar acts in the same way as the "Zoom In To Center" and "Zoom Out From Center Buttons".

The four short black arrows around the map allow you to pan north, south, east or west by a pre-determined amount.

Using The Primary Functionality Of The Web Mapping Tool
When the application is first opened, you should see a map of the entire state showing town and major basin boundaries. Several options are available to help you focus on an area of interest.

To Select an area of interest directly from the map:

  1. Use the Select From Map button, Zoom In, and other navigational tools described above to zoom directly to the area you are interested in

To select and/or zoom to a MA City/Town:

  1. Go to the "Town" pulldown menu and choose a City/Town from the pulldown list. The application will automatically update/refresh to show the selected City/Town as shaded. This shading may be difficult to discern at a state-wide scale.
  2. To zoom to just the extent of the chosen City/Town, click the "Zoom" text next to the City/Towns pulldown menu.

    Once a City/Town is chosen, only the major basin(s) that the town falls within or overlaps will appear in the Major Basin pull-down menu. Alternatively, if no City/Town is chosen, all major basins (in MA) will appear on this pull-down menu listing.

To select and/or zoom to a Major Basin and display a Causes Grid:

  1. Go to the "Major Basin" pulldown menu and choose a major basin from the pulldown list. The application will automatically update/refresh to show the selected major basin as shaded in green.
  2. To zoom to just the extent of a chosen major basin, click the "Zoom" text next to the Major Basin pulldown menu.

    Once a major basin is selected, all HUC-12 subwatersheds that fall within the chosen basin will appear on the "HUC-12" pulldown menu listing. Also, a Causes Grid can be displayed (and printed out) that shows all water quality concerns for all the HUC-12 subwatersheds within the chosen major basin.
  3. Click the "Causes Grid" text just below the Major Basin pulldown menu area. A new web browser window should popup that displays the Causes Grid for the chosen major basin. For example:


    Click on the X box in the upper right to close out the pop-up Basin Causes Grid and return to the map.

To select a HUC-12 To Display Its Impairment Causes and Water Quality Concerns:

  1. Go to the "HUC-12" pulldown menu and choose a HUC-12 name from the listing. Or, using the Select From Map tool, click directly on the area of interest. The chosen HUC-12 will display as shaded in yellow on the map. The HUC-12 ID number will be listed just below the HUC-12 pulldown menu area.
  2. To zoom to just the extent of the chosen HUC-12, click the "Zoom" text next to the HUC-12 pulldown menu.

    Note: Clicking on the Refresh button in the main browser window will clear/reset all of the previously made town, basin and/or HUC-12 selections.

    Once a HUC-12 subwatershed is selected, you should see the listing of impairments and water quality concerns under the "Causes" tab/section. For example:



    The "Sources" tab/section will display land use statistics for the chosen HUC-12 subwatershed. This information is used to determine likely sources of nonpoint source pollution and to select Best Management Practices for remediation. For example:



    The "Further Information" tab/section will give the user additional information about the Watershed-Based Plan project as well as links to the technical memorandums and quality assurance plans for the currently chosen major basin. For example:

Instructions for Printing

Printing the map

  1. Create the map you wish to print using the map tools and drop-down menus.
  2. Click on the printer icon above the left hand corner of the map area to create and display a printable map. Another web browser window should pop up with the created map.
  3. Go to "File" then "Print". In the "Select Printer" area, you should see your available printer(s). Choose the printer you want to use by clicking on it. Click on the "Preferences" button. At this point, the print page setup parameters will be specific to the printer you have chosen to use. This map can be printed in "Portrait" orientation at 8.5" x 11" size or larger.
  4. Or, if the printer is already set up, click on the printer icon after step 2.

Printing a Basin Causes Grid

  1. Select a major basin from the map or the "Major Basin" pulldown menu.
  2. Click on the "Causes Grid" link just below the Major Basin pulldown menu. Another web browser window should pop up showing the Causes Grid for the selected major basin.
  3. Go to "File" then "Print", or click on the printer icon. In the "Select Printer" area, you should see your available printer(s). Choose the printer you want to use by clicking on it. Click on the "Preferences" button. At this point, the print page setup parameters will be specific to the printer you have chosen to use. This grid should be printed in "Landscape" orientation at 8.5" x 11" size or larger.

Print the entire watershed application screen ("Screen Shot")

  1. Perform the desired query/operation on the web site.
  2. On your keyboard, hold down the "Ctrl" key and click on the "Print Screen" key.
  3. Open a new document in an application that displays graphics files, such as MS Word, Paint, PowerPoint, or even the body of an e-mail message.
  4. In the new document, place the cursor where you want to paste the screen shot.
  5. Hold down the "Ctrl" key and click the "V" key. This is the keyboard shortcut for pasting.
  6. Go to "File" then "Print", or click on a printer icon (if one exists in the application you are using). Proceed in a similar manner as the above methods for printing.
  7. Some applications, such as Paint and Adobe Acrobat, allow you to cut/clip out just the part of the pasted graphic that you want to see and save.
  8. This file can then be saved in various graphics file formats, depending on the application being used.
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