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This is a relatively simple map showing the boundaries of the sacramento river watershed and it's subregions. It's going to be part of a watershed atlas that will eventually contain several dozen maps of various watershed details (existing and planned land use, road and river system, elevation data, land cover etc). This map in-particular is just the overview map. Depending on feedback from the project I may include rd and river detail here or in another version of this map.

The map was created by exporting layers from ArcMap as a PDF, bringing them into Illy and digitizing from there. I've just added MAPublisher to my tool set so future work will be able to directly import the needed shape files.

The PDF can be see here. (3mb)

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Nice! It couldn't hurt to lightly sketch in the path of the River and major tributaries.
Since there are but a few categories, you could easily ditch the legend, center the map, and label the subwatersheds on the map, on curved paths.

I did a poster of the Sacramento River Watershed some 7 years ago - its public domain now.

Good luck!

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Nice! It couldn't hurt to lightly sketch in the path of the River and major tributaries.
Since there are but a few categories, you could easily ditch the legend, center the map, and label the subwatersheds on the map, on curved paths.

I did a poster of the Sacramento River Watershed some 7 years ago - its public domain now.

Good luck!


Nice poster! Later in the project we'll be doing work along those lines. This map is the base to show just the layout of the subregions within the main watershed and will later be used to produce separate subregion locators for each basin (same map with only one sub region at a time highlighted over a muted main watershed map).

I'm still struggling with the labeling. Directly labeling the map would be the proper way to go but I'm reluctant to have area type curve like I would for river or street type (especially if I add those layers). I usually want broad area type to lay horizontally within its boundaries, and here that means narrow small type. I'll have go back and try each type version, maybe post several iterations.

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maybe somsing like zis?

ignore the label duplication, this is just for comparison. I like it. I didn't think the labels would look ok with the long vertical boundaries. If I add layers to this map I may have to resort back to the legend approach. Or find a good way to mute the labels without making them unreadable. K/O text doesn't read very well on the colors I've picked for the sub regions.

You should also notice a slightly finer line on the main boundary and I've fixed the scale to read in more normal increments.

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Hey, map looks good.

I like the second one with the labels in the catchments. There is one issue I have, and this could quite possibly just be me here, is the border between the Northern Tributaries and Feather River Basin. I can tell the colours apart just fine but for some reason its hard to see where one stops and the other starts where they meet. I think the earlier suggestion of main rivers might also help this.

Good job.
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To properly communicate that these are drainage(sub)basins, I think you should add river/tributaries and shaded relief - and most importantly, lakes! Labels on the basins look much better!
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Hey David,

I like the map it is simple and clean. No bs, though I do agree that the rivers would help with geography. Here are a few things that i noticed, but I have different taste then most people.

I would center justify the text on Northeast Tributaries and Feather River Basin. To me they stand out because of pattern recognition, they're not like the others.

I'm not crazy about the combination of deep-rich earth tones on the inset and pastels on the base map. The first thing that I noticed on this map was the inset, I always try to hide my inset. Actually make that the second thing behind the north arrow.

Since this map is about hydrology, you might want to consider using some shade of blue over green (thought that may look like a lake then) on your inset.

Finally I think that border surrounding the base map is heavy. Looks like you are trying to cover something up.

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Hey, map looks good.

I like the second one with the labels in the catchments. There is one issue I have, and this could quite possibly just be me here, is the border between the Northern Tributaries and Feather River Basin. I can tell the colours apart just fine but for some reason its hard to see where one stops and the other starts where they meet. I think the earlier suggestion of main rivers might also help this.

Good job.
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I agree with Andrew. The second version looks better (assuming you will drop the redundant legend), and I see what he's saying about the boundary between the Northern Tributaries and Feather River Basin.
Some indication of the main rivers might help, too, and possibly some subtle hill-shading. I think you could make the rivers pretty subtle and leave the labels dark. (remembering this would be only one of many maps in this project/book)
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(remembering this would be only one of many maps in this project/book)


Thats the key, some of what you guys are asking for will be produced as separate maps in other parts of the atlas. This is intended to be the introduction to the breakup of the subregions and will be accompanied by text to the right. But I think you guys are right about adding the main rivers and maybe the freeways, screened back a bit. I want the main focus here to be, "where is the sac basin in CA? what are the sub regions? and where are they in the main watershed?".

North arrow's too big. Basin labels should all be stacked.

On the colors... I knew this would get some people, I'm torn myself. Intellectually I agree, they seem incongruous, but ascetically I like them. The inset could be scaled back. It's colors are not set in stone but I imagined it as part of the overall color tone of the atlas, earthy. The subject maps will over all be earthy (including muted "earthy" blues if that makes sense), but where I want to highlight information I thought pastels brought the necessary highlighting without adding saturation. This map is unique in that it highlights all of the sub regions at once. Individual maps spawned from this one at the intro to each subregions "chapter" in the atlas would have only their region highlighted with the rest of the map muted back to match the tone the book.

That was my initial approach anyway, I will most certainly start playing with colors again once I get more of the map structure nailed down.

This is helpful, keep it coming (I'll make some changes and post later).

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Update of the Sac Watershed map. Relief transparency and hydrology added. This is probably as far as this one will go, more detail will show up on the separate sub basin maps.

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This is a big improvement. The watershed boundaries were way too complex when you didn't have the relief and watercourses.

Might you add the state line near the top and right of the watersheds map to help people link it to the California map?
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Might you add the state line near the top and right of the watersheds map to help people link it to the California map?


Thats an option I'm going to work on. I might reduce the map a very small amount and add in faint state lines as well as some of the coast and bay shoreline. If it reads well enough I could even eliminate the locator in the top right.

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Great map! One thing that you may want to consider is using lighter colors for the subregions. Some of them seem very dark (e.g. Sacramento River mainstem, westside tributaries). I think this will allow some of the hillshading and hydro features show up a bit better...or it just may be the screen I am currently using that causes the darkness.

Don't they also refer to "subregions" as sub-watersheds? I guess the nomenclature is different in different parts of the country...just curious.

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