[Imports] [Imports-us] Proposal to replace inaccurate Everglades Agricultural Area data

Brian May bmay at mapwise.com
Mon Mar 21 15:15:37 UTC 2016

Hi Elliott,

I agree the EAA boundary should be updated. I'm not sure it should be an 
import. Another option is to improve the accuracy of the existing data. 
The big question may be what is the best way to represent the EAA? One 
big boundary or a relation?

Florida Statute 373.4592 [1] defines the EAA area and talks about 
permitting by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), but I 
I'm not sure what else - its a pretty long read. As I understand it, the 
EAA defines the agricultural area where farming takes place, but as a 
whole its not a protected area. There are conservation lands within it, 
e.g. SFWMD owned lands. Those are the areas that should get conservation 
related tags.

The water quality situation surrounding Lake Okeechobee and the 
Everglades is a huge problem. Its been getting a lot of press recently 
because of the massive quantities of water being released from Lake 
Okeechobee into the St Lucie River on the east coast and Caloosahatchee 
River on the west coast. I happen to live near the St Lucie River and 
see the nasty water firsthand.

I've been wondering what the OSM community could do to help tell the 
story of this problem. Everybody needs maps to help understand the 
situation. Great maps are hard to come by. It seems like maps are either 
too basic or too issue specific. I think if we could get some of the 
most needed map features into OSM that people need to see to understand 
and help propose solutions that could be beneficial to people in this 
area. The first step is an accurate base map that includes accurate 
administrative boundaries. And then detailed land use / land cover may 
be a big one to follow. The SFWMD has a detailed landuse / land cover 
data set available.



On 3/20/2016 7:34 PM, Elliott Plack wrote:
> Greetings,
> I am proposing a small import to replace some inaccurate and imprecise 
> protected area boundaries in Florida with some public data obtained 
> from a government body.
> The import covers one feature in Florida, USA: the Everglades 
> Agricultural Area. The data currently in OSM is neither accurate nor 
> precise, using a landuse tag to cover what is a government boundary, 
> and does not give a source. The current data was added by NE2 in 2012.
> The proposal would remove the current data and replace it with the 
> public data under the protected_area tagging schema.
> The full proposal document is available on the wiki for review, with 
> links to the data and other requisite items.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Florida/Everglades_Agricultural_Area
> Let me know if you have any feedback.
> Thanks,
> Elliott

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