This layer was derived by dissolving the internal boundaries of 6th level watersheds to form 4th level units. The majority of this metadata describes the creation of the 6th level watersheds.
New data was not available for the Lower Kootenai River or Moyie River Sub-Basins. The data for these basins was copied from the old, 1:100,000 fifth-code HUC layer, described at <http://nris.mt.gov/nsdi/nris/hd109.html>.
A unique 8-digit code from the USGS map series "Hydrologic Unit Maps". The same number was used in every record that pertains to a subbasin that resides within the same 8-digit sub-basin. Numbers were assigned in an upstream to downstream fashion. Where no downstream/upstream relationship could be determined numbers were assigned in a clockwise fashion.
A name for each 4th level hydrologic unit that relates to the major water feature within the polygon or the major water body it contributes to.
This field was populated with the 8-digit code of the 4th level hydrologic unit that is receiving the majority of the flow from the subbasin. Outlets created by ditching or other artificial drainage were not considered for this field. If a HU flows across international borders, "CANADA" or "MEXICO" was used depending on which country the HU drains into. If an HU is a closed basin, this field was populated with the term "CLOSED BASIN".
Drainage areas that do not flow toward the outlet of any hydrologic unit are considered non-contributing. If a non-contributing area is on the boundary between two or more hydrologic units, the non-contributing area is associated with the hydrologic unit adjacent to the low point on the boundary. This attribute should be the total of the non-contributing areas within a hydrologic unit calculated in acres.