Data Source Type

The following steps are most easy to follow if you have selected Third Party Integration. 

From this selection you can choose to add USGS (United States Geological Survey) National Water Information System fixed stations as a data layer.

Click the Green Select button to get started.

This will create your data source. Click the edit icon from the main Data Sources page to return to the data source.

As you can see, the data source pre-populates the parameters:


Parameters in third-party integration data sources are pre-defined by the third-party integration source. Click on the parameters on this summary page or on the left hand panel to customize the parameters to your needs.

Click on a parameter name to enter into the summary page for that parameter.

For a third-party integration data source, you cannot edit the Column Name or Display Name. If you want to change the display name to something different for your Maps, enter in an alternative name under the Alias field. You might want to change the title on your map to something like, "Swimmable" or "Boating Conditions". 

Like a continuous monitoring or annual score card data source, you can also add in ranges to this data. Click on the Chart Settings tab to enter in these details.

Click on + Add Range to enter in any threshold labels, colors, and ranges.

Click save after you have made any updates. 


Third party monitoring stations are added based on the station ID and cannot be imported like in continuous monitoring or annual scorecard data sources.

Click the green plus circle to get started.

You can search the USGS National Water Information System  to find the relevant gauges. When you click on the point you can pull the 8-digit site number from the Site Information pop out card.

Enter the Gauge Site Number into the Station_ID field in Water Reporter. Click Save.

The Gauge will appear as a station in your list. You can add many gauges from the same third party source to a single data source.

Important Note:
Water Reporter can only "read" currently active gauges. If a station is no longer maintained, we cannot grab the data and you will experience an error when creating the station. You can check the status of a station by clicking "Access Data" within the National Water Information System interactive map.

Your Data Source is now complete. Because this is a third-party integration you do not need to add any data to this source.

Head over to your Maps feature to build a map to display this data on a stand alone map or build a map with multiple data source layers.


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