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Spot Map Viewer Help

Welcome to SPOT Map Viewer. Below is helpful information when using LSRCA's Stewardship Priority Opportunities Tool. Click on a topic to expand section and view map help.

Basics

What is SPOT (Stewardship Priorities and Opportunities Tool) Map?

The SPOT map summarizes LSRCA’s data on the structure and functioning of the Lake Simcoe watershed, and identifies priority areas for stewardship or restoration, by identifying areas with the greatest potential to improve watershed health.
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Map Tools

View Tools

Open Tools Toolbar

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Select the Open Toolbar button to view the toolbar.

Tools Toolbar Overview

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Clicking on the Tools button in the upper right corner will open the tools available to you. Hover your mouse over the individual tools to identify what each tool is. Below is a description for each one.

Pan

Cancels any active tool and puts the map in pan mode. Click and drag the mouse on the map to pan the view.

Zoom In

Draw an area on the map to zoom to. Click and drag the mouse on the map to select the area to zoom to.

Zoom Out

Draw a rectangle on the map to zoom out while keeping that area centred.

Previous Extent

Return to the previous extend the map was displayed at.

Next Extent

Move to the next map extent in the cue. This tool is only available if Previous Extent has been selected.

Print

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Select the layout, output format, resolution and map scale for your map. Choose your options and click on the print button to print your map.

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Export

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Export the map extent (what you see on your screen) as a .png, .bmp, .jpeg, .tiff, .GeoTiff or PDF so that they can be easily used outside of the mapping application. You also have the option to include georeferenced data.

Home

Display welcome screen in menu panel on the left of the window.

Find a Street Address

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Opens data entry form on menu panel. Enter address and select Search.

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Measure Tool

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Measure distance and area on the map. By clicking on the down arrow on the Measure button in the Toolbar you can select Distance or Area.

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You can select the units you want to use to measure from feet(ft), yards(yd), meters(m), kilometres (km), miles(mi) and nautical miles(nm).

Select your desired line or shape for measuring as well as your units. Draw your line or shape and double click to finish. Double clicking will prompt the measurements to display on the map.

There are two ways to erase what you have drawn on your screen.

  1. Click the Erase button and then click on the distance or area calculation on the map you wish to remove.
  2. Click the Clear All button to erase everything you have drawn.

Styles

Choose styling for the currently selected drawing tool. Selecting this tool will open a window with styling choices.

Edit

Edit an existing drawing. Click or tap an existing drawing to begin editing it. Use mouse to move a vertex, R to rotate, S to scale, V to select vertex. Combine with ALT for finer control. Combine with SHIFT to reverse.

Erase

Delete an existing drawing.  Click or tap to immediately and permanently delete a drawing. This cannot be undone.

Clear

Clear all drawings on the map.

Draw

The Draw tool allows you to draw graphics on the map including different shapes (circle, square, etc) and text. By clicking on the down arrow on the Draw button in the Toolbar you can select the type of shape you'd like to draw.as You can select the units you want to use to measure from feet (ft), yards (yd), meters (m), kilometres (km), miles (mi) and nautical miles (nm).Select your desired line or shape for measuring as well as your units. Draw your line or shape and double click to finish. Double clicking will prompt the measurements to display on the map.

There are two ways to erase what you have drawn on your screen:

  1. Click the Erase button and then click on the distance or area calculation on the map you wish to remove.
  2. Click the Clear All button to erase everything you have drawn.

Queries

LID Queries

Select LID Sites by Priority Catchments

Aquatic Queries

Select Aquatic Sites by Priority Catchments

Terrestrial Queries

Select Terrestrial Sites by Priority Catchments

Interface Functions

Search Bar

The Search Bar can be used to search for an address, street name or layer ID number, similar to the way common search engines are used.

Map Zoom

The zoom in and zoom out tools help to change the view of your map. You can point and click on a specific area to zoom in or out at a fixed scale.

Map Tips

Clicking on the map will display context sensitive map tips depending which point on the screen is clicked and which layers are visible.

Overview Map

The Overview map tools give reference to the location you are viewing on the map at a larger scale.

Selecting the tool in the lower right corner of the screen will open an overview map that will display the location of the current map extent (see the example overview map here)

Panel Actions Menu

The Panel Actions Menu is located in the left side of the viewer. It is context-sensitive and will display various options depending on which item is clicked in the "I want to... " list.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different symbols on the map?

  • The points, lines, and polygons on the map are representations of different geographic features located in the Lake Simcoe Watershed. These features represent stewardship project opportunities, catchments, roads, watercourses, municipal boundaries, etc.
  • Clicking on a symbol will open a menu with information associated with that feature.

Where does the information on the map come from?

  • This product was produced by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and some information depicted on this map may have been compiled from various sources. While every effort has been made to accurately depict the information, data / mapping errors may exist. This map has been produced for illustrative purposes only. LSRCA GIS Services 2016. © LAKE SIMCOE REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY, 2016. All Rights Reserved. The following datasets; municipal boundary and roads, are © Queens Printer for Ontario, 2016.  Reproduced with Permission.

Changing map content

  • There are pre-determined symbols turned on by default when the map loads, as well as others that can be turned on manually through the Map Content dropdown menu.  You can also access the menu by selecting "I want to..", then "Change visible map layers".
  • Clicking on the arrows beside each feature will expand or contract the features within each category that are available to be switched on and off.
  • Check the box next to the features that you wish to turn on or off.

Why am I being asked to sign in?

  • The SPOT Map information is made available to groups interested or actively engaged in improving the health of the watershed ecosystem, through a login process, to ensure that the data included in these maps is not used inappropriately.  Please do not share this information beyond those who have been given access to the data.
  • In order to obtain a login and gain access to the SPOT Map tool contact lsmaps@lsrca.on.ca

Application Version

SPOT Tool Map Version Information

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