Geographic Information Services

Geographic Information Services (GIS) is the technology used to collect, manage, and analyze spatial data, which includes both mapping and tabular data that has reference to a location on the surface of the earth. The NPCA relies heavily on spatial data, the bulk of which is topographic, environmental or natural resources based land information, to support or directly carry out most of its day to day tasks.

Our GIS department’s data collection efforts focus on producing detailed large scale data products in order to support and inform our decision-making models and tools. Most of this information is shared with our local, regional and provincial partners to provide accurate research and application data about the nature and physicality of our watersheds, natural areas and environmental conditions. Mapping and data is also made available to the public to help you plan a project, find a park, or better understand our watershed.

The NPCA Watershed Explorer is an online interactive mapping tool developed in cooperation with Niagara Region to provide NPCA geographic information to the public. Use the map to explore detailed visual information about NPCA planning and permitting interests, regulated areas, watershed monitoring efforts, natural area features and our Conservation Areas.