Accession Number PB2012-114708
Title Hydrologic Monitoring for the Historic Pool in El Morro National Monument. 2010-2011 Summary Report.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 17p
Personal Author E. S. Soles S. A. Monroe
Abstract The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program was designed to determine the current status and monitor long-term trends in the condition of park natural resources, providing park managers with a scientific foundation for making decisions and working with other agencies and the public to protect park ecosystems. Hydrologic vital signs are the fundamental components defining overall riparian and aquatic ecosystem integrity. The Southern Colorado Plateau Network (SCPN) has identified 7 vital signs pertaining to riparian and spring ecosystems, the first two of which we focus on in this report: (1) spring, seep and tinaja ecosystems, (2) stream flow and depth to groundwater, (3) stream water quality, (4) spring water quality, (5) channel morphology, (6) riparian vegetation, composition, and structure, and (7) aquatic macroinvertebrates. These vital signs are closely related and are all included in the Vital Signs Monitoring Plan for the Southern Colorado Plateau Network (Thomas et al. 2006). The context and ecological significance of these vital signs are further explained in Scott et al. (2005). El Morro National Monument (ELMO) is located in west-central New Mexico and is the second-oldest monument in the national park system. The monument was established in 1906 to preserve unique and significant cultural as well as natural resources. Inscription Rock, a 200-foot sandstone bluff, is the main geographic feature at the monument. Nearly 2,000 prehistoric and historic inscriptions are found along the base of the bluff and in nearby areas. The inscriptions record human activity spanning from the prehistoric Ancestral Pueblo and Native American culture, through the early Spanish explorations of conquest, and continuing through the era of historic 19th-century American explorers, cavalry troops, and railroad survey crews.
Keywords Air temperature
Data analysis
Data collection
Ecosystem
El Morro National Monument
Hydrologic conditions
Hydrologic data processing
Hydrology
Monitoring
Water levels
Water temperature


 
Source Agency National Park Service
NTIS Subject Category 48G - Hydrology & Limnology
57H - Ecology
Corporate Author Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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