This tool was designed as a web interface to solve the question, "Given a set of constraints, which sub-basins should I focus on to maximize conservation objectives for specified fish species." Typically, solving these problems, compiling the data and analyzing it, is prohibitively complex and too time-consuming for the majority of potential users. We have created a suite of GIS datasets coupled with a back-end decision support model, packaged within this web-based tool to facilitate iterative and collaborative exploration of regional aquatic priorities.
The software was built on many successful and proven technologies including OpenLayers, Marxan and Django. The source code is open source and is available to view or download at the watershed-priorities code site.