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BASINS: Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources DLESE Reviewed Collection
BASINS is a multipurpose environmental analysis system for use by regional, state, and local agencies in performing watershed and water quality based studies. This new software makes it possible to quickly assess large amounts of point source and nonpoint source data in a format that is easy to use and understand. Installed on a personal computer, BASINS allows the user to assess water quality at selected stream sites or throughout an entire watershed. It is an invaluable tool that integrates environmental data, analytical tools, and modeling programs to support development of cost-effective approaches to environmental protection.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
    • Remotely sensed
  • Tools:
    • Software
  • Agricultural science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geochemistry
  • Hydrology
  • Soil science
Technical requirements:
DOS operating system
ArcView v3.x is a recommended tool to use with BASINS.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Materials are freely available.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-216
Educational standards:
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
      • How physical systems affect human systems
      • The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources
    • Human systems:
      • The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface
    • Places and regions:
      • How culture and experience influence people's perception of places and regions
      • That people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the past
      • How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Standards and Health Protection Division (4305T)