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DBAA: Natural Resources Databases

On July 6, 2011 I started the Databases by Alaskan Agencies (DBAA) series. My intention was to take you through one database a week until I’d shown you all the ways that you can search for state government information in Alaska.

For the simple reason that my heart isn’t in this series anymore, the final few entries are going to have a different format and feature multiple databases from a given agency. This seems like a reasonable compromise between achieving a sense of closure and wanting to walk away from this series as soon as practicable.

So this week I give you databases from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources which were posted and annoted on the Alaska page of the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States Project:

  • Alaska Hydrologic Survey Streams Database – “This is an electronic record of all streamflow measurements with supporting data made by the Alaska Hydrologic Survey staff over the years.” – Searchable by stream name or proximity to community. Database entries include stream location, flow data when available and links to text stream reports.
  • Alaska Land Records – From the website, “Locate, research and verify land ownership and land use on state and federal lands within the State of Alaska. Access state and federal plats and survey documents. Use Recorder’s Office  to research private lands.” Search by MTR, Lat/Long, Survey Number or Keyword. Search results are Plat maps.
  • Division of Geophysical and Geological Surveys (DGGS) Publications Search – DGGS has been very active in scanning older publications into this database. Find digitized copies of DGGS and Alaska-related USGS reports going back to 1900 using author, title, subject, publication year and/or Quadrangle of interest.
  • (Land) Recorder’s Office – Search types include: Plat Search, Name Search, Survey Search, Date Search, MTRS Search, Document Number Search, Subdivision Name Search, Document Type Search, No Plat Subdivision, Book and Page Search, and Document input & Unverified Status.
  • Spills Database Online Query – From web site: “This online query application searches the Statewide Oil and Hazardous Substance Spills Database. The period of record for this database is July 1, 1995 to present.” Searchable by facility, location or substance. Database entries includes notes of site visits, remediation methods and final disposition.
  • Water Quality Reports – Databases uses drop down menus to search by waterbody name, town, area name, hydrologic unit name or hydrologic code. From the website, “Water quality data has been collected from a variety of both surface water and ground water sources by the Alaska Hydrologic Survey. This site is an index to the data that has been compiled in reports or manually collected by the Alaska Hydrologic Survey.”
  • Web Geochem– From the website, “WebGeochem is a simplified search engine that uses predefined queries to select and display geochemical data from multiple published DGGS sources. The search engine has three main components:
    • A search component allowing you to select specific sample types and analysis types of geochemical analyses.
    • A secondary search component based on either geographic parameters or on preexisting compiled datasets.
    • A resulting table of sample analyses.”
    • A user’s guide is available. It is highly recommended that you review this guide before searching the database.
  • Well Log Tracking System – Search for water wells by driller name, property owner name, property description or well key. From the website, “The Division makes NO representation regarding well location, completeness or accuracy of the data in the database or data extraction procedures provided.”
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