User’s Guide for the National Hydrography Dataset Plus (NHDPlus) High Resolution

Open-File Report 2019-1096
Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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The National Hydrography Dataset Plus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR) is a scalable geospatial hydrography framework built from the High Resolution (1:24,000-scale or better) National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), nationally complete Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD), and ⅓-arc-second (10-meter ground spacing) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) digital elevation model (DEM) data. The NHDPlus HR brings modeling and assessment to a local neighborhood level while nesting seamlessly into the national context.

NHDPlus HR is modeled after the highly successful NHDPlus version 2 (NHDPlus V2). Like the NHDPlus V2, the NHDPlus HR includes data for a nationally seamless network of stream reaches, elevation-based catchment areas, flow surfaces, and value-added attributes that enhance stream-network navigation, analysis, and data display. Users will find that the NHDPlus HR, however, provides much greater detail. This User’s Guide is intended to provide necessary information and guidance in the use of NHDPlus HR data.

Suggested Citation

Moore, R.B., McKay, L.D., Rea, A.H., Bondelid, T.R., Price, C.V., Dewald, T.G., and Johnston, C.M., 2019, User's guide for the national hydrography dataset plus (NHDPlus) high resolution: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1096, 66 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Downloading and Organizing NHDPlus HR Data
  • NHDPlus HR Versioning
  • Structure of the NHDPlus HR Data
  • Main Data Components of the NHDPlus HR and How They Fit Together
  • Concepts for Understanding and Using NHDPlus HR
  • NHDPlus HR Build/Refresh Process Description
  • Selected References
  • Glossary
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title User's guide for the national hydrography dataset plus (NHDPlus) high resolution
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2019-1096
DOI 10.3133/ofr20191096
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description Report: x, 66 p.; Dataset
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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