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How do I add info for empty polygons (lakes)

Question asked by claudia@census on May 27, 2020
Latest reply on Jun 1, 2020 by bixb0012

So I have the inverse of this problem: How do I remove holes (such as lakes) from a polygon feature 


I have a country polygon shp with holes for where the lakes should be. I also have a separate polygon shapefile for the lakes, which was done during a dry year so the edges (perimeter) do not match the 'holes' in the country ADM level file.


How do I add the lake information into the holes?  Is it possible to use those voids as the perimeter of the lake polygons? If so, how?


I have tried merging, union, autocomplete polygon and I get a mess with either gaps, or multiple sub polygons (with teeny polygons where the boundaries cross each other).


I have almost 200 lakes I need to incorporate into the larger file, and I am using ArcMap 10.5.1.


Any help/tricks/tips will be greatly appreciated. Thank you


#Geoprocessing createfeature #merge #union #newbie