The Wetland Friendly GIS Drilling Tool is designed to support decision making about the most responsible practices during oil and gas exploration and drilling to reduce negative impacts on coastal wetland functions.

Wetlands provide many positive benefits to surrounding coastal ecosystems, both terrestrial and aquatic. The different functions of wetlands are important to quantify for long-term resiliency of coastal communities. The tool is designed to show spatial distributions of wetland functions on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast to aid in planning efforts of the oil and gas community.

To investigate how wetland functions are affected by oil and gas drilling activities and what wetland impact minimization measures can be used, please visit our Wetland Friendly Drilling Tool.


This application is for information purposes and may not be suitable for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes. Mapping may not reflect on the ground conditions. HARC makes no claims as to the accuracy or reliability of the data, and neither assumes, nor accepts liability for use. Use or reproduction of these data without acknowledging HARC as the source is prohibited. The application is based upon the work supported by the DOI agreement number 12-259-000-5595. The information or views expressed in this application are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the DOI.



  • 1. Navigate to the Area of Interest using the search below or manually on the map.
  • 2. Click on the button below to draw the project boundary.

  • 3. To modify the area click on the area, select an edge point, and move the point to reshape the area.
  • 4. Once the area has been set, click on the Run button to view the wetland information about your area.
  • 5. Go to the Wetland Friendly Drilling Tool to see what measures can minimize impacts to wetland functions.

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