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Disclaimer, Attribution and Privacy Statement

The following statements apply to all Web pages that are part of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) Data System.

Data Liability Disclaimer

The NFHP Data System has been established to house authoritative versions of the data generated under the auspices of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from the NFHP Data System, and not indirectly through other sources, which may have changed the data in some way.

Although the data disseminated via the NFHP Data System have undergone data formatting quality review prior to posting, errors or inaccuracies may still exist in the data. Neither the U.S. Government, the Department of the Interior, nor the USGS, nor any of their employees, contractors, or subcontractors, make any warranty, express or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, nor represent that its use would not infringe on privately owned rights. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual and aggregate uses of the data. The USGS shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data retrieved from the National Fish Habitat Partnership Data System.

It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata files associated with individual datasets housed in the NFHP Data System. Information concerning the accuracy and appropriate uses of these data may be obtained from the metadata files, or from the point of contact assigned to each data resource.

Attribution and Citing of NFHP Data and Information

As a condition of use, those who refer to data and information found through this viewer in their publications and presentations must formally identify both the original author(s) and data authority for any cited item(s), and also must cite the NFHP Data System as the source through which the data or information was found. Such citation may be in any format appropriate to the publication or presentation, or in any format required by the original creator or provider of the data/information. Identifying the source for citation is the responsibility of the user, and users should be prepared to provide a copy of the citing publication or presentation to the cited authors or data providers, upon their request. The NFHP Data System itself should be referred to in full as "The National Fish Habitat Partnership Data System at http://ecosystems.usgs.gov/fishhabitat/".

Data disseminated through the NFHP Data System are the result of combined efforts by various federal, state, and provincial agencies and other researchers and managers. Publications based on these data should acknowledge all of their efforts. If a publication is based solely on the analysis of the data, we suggest that you involve the point of contact for the relevant datasets in the development and/or review of the manuscript. The point of contact might also appreciate receiving a reprint or photocopy of any such article at the time of its publication.

Google Maps API Disclaimer

By using the Google Maps API on this Web site, the user agrees to the Terms of Service set forth by Google.

Privacy

The U.S. Geological Survey hosts hosts the NFHP Data System and its Privacy policies apply to the entire NFHP Data System Web site.