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Projects of the Southwest Watershed Science Team

Pages Posted on: July 05, 2016
The Southwest Watershed Science Team of the RMRS Air, Water, and Aquatic Ecosystems Science Program has been involved in studies to determine the soil and watershed effects of wildfires and prescribed fires since 2000. The team is involved in numerous projects to explore impacts of disturbance on water quality and streamflow, develop streamside management zones, and survey and monitor trends in unique watersheds.

A bibliography for the northern Madrean Biogeographic Province

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
An online bibliography was compiled to furnish a literature basis for implementing of land management activities and planning research endeavors in the Madrean Biogeographic Province, which includes the Madrean Archipelago region in the southwestern United States. Citations are listed alphabetically by author in categories appropriate to the subject-matter presented. The large number of citations preclude hard-copy publication.

Verde River research and development program

Pages Posted on: April 19, 2016
The Southwest Watershed Science Team of the Rocky Mountain Station's Air, Water and Aquatic Environments Science Program, and the Team’s predecessor (Watersheds and Riparian Ecosystems of Forests and Woodlands in the Semi-Arid West), have been involved in research on the Upper Verde River since 1993. 

Southwest Watershed Science Team

Groups Posted on: December 15, 2015

Featured collection introduction: Riparian ecosystems and buffers II

Publications Posted on: March 04, 2015
Riparian ecosystems, the interface of terrestrial and aquatic systems, are zones of high biodiversity (Naiman et al., 1993), rapid biogeochemical activity (Vidon et al., 2010), complex hydrologic activity (Mayer et al., 2010a), and offer solace that can bestow significant mental health benefits (Alcock et al., 2014). Yet, many riparian zones also represent intersections of policy disputes, economic tradeoffs, and environmental degradation.

Relationships among hydrogeomorphic processes and the distribution, age and stand characteristics of woody species in Great Basin upland riparian areas

Publications Posted on: September 13, 2010
Riparian ecosystems often constitute less than one percent of the central Great Basin landscape but provide critical ecosystem services. Shrubs and trees are fundamental components of these riparian ecosystems that can provide stabilization of sediment and resistance to stream down-cutting. This can promotes ground-water recharge and maintenance of elevated water tables.

Discussion of future cooperative actions and closing remarks

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
The knowledge shared and the energy generated by this symposium should not be lost as we leave for our homes and our jobs. We have a great wealth of experience, knowledge, and energy assembled. How can we continue to communicate with each other, share information, involve others, and influence decision makers?

Management plan for the Rio Cebolla watershed Sandoval County and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
The upper 16.8 miles of the Rio Cebolla watershed were studied to identify water-related management concerns. Land ownership is divided among private individuals, the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, and the U.S. Forest Service. Recreation is the predominant activity, particularly fishing and camping. Other major land users are residents of the Seven Springs Community, cattle grazers, and fish hatchery employees.

Desired future condition: Fish habitat in southwestern riparian-stream habitats

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
Riparian ecosystems in the southwestern United States provide valuable habitats for many living organisms including native fishes. An analysis of habitat components important to native fishes was made based on the literature, case histories, and unpublished and observational data.

Native aquatic plants and ecological condition of southwestern wetlands and riparian areas

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
The determination of the ecological condition of wetland and riparian habitats has been the focus of research by many scientists, because of the importance to understand the processes and related functions of these systems. Research on montane wetland and riparian systems has shown the relative importance of native aquatic plants in maintaining these systems in a functional condition.

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