Current Projects

Snowslide Spring, Northern Arizona. Photo by Larry Stevens.

Arizona

In Arizona, America's second driest state, water is the most critical natural resource. Isolated by arid, expansive landscapes, springs are ecological islands of habitat that support a wide array of species. Find out more about the various projects currently underway in Arizona...

4Fri Springs Monitoring

SSI inventories a helocrene spring on Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

SSI inventories a helocrene spring on Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is a collaborative effort to restore ponderosa pine forest ecosystems along the Mogollon Rim on portions of Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab, and Tonto National Forests in northern Arizona. SSI, in collaboration with the Wildlands Network and Northern Arizona University, is developing a citizen science based springs monitoring and inventory application for smartphones and tablets. Our director, Larry Stevens, has expressed that, "This application and training will help the public become better stewards of these critical but overlooked ecosystems, and will provide vital information about springs health." See an article in the Arizona Daily Sun. We deeply appreciate the support of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for making this project possible. Learn more and get involved...

Grand Canyon

Royal Arches, a hanging gardens springs system in Grand Canyon. Photo by Larry Stevens.

Royal Arches, a hanging gardens springs system in Grand Canyon. Photo by Larry Stevens.

The Grand Canyon ecoregion contains over 1,500 springs (that we know of). The towering cliffs expose the edges of aquifers, resulting in one of the highest concentrations of springs in the United States. SSI receives support from the Grand Canyon Fund, Esri, and the Bureau of Reclamation through the Desert LCC and Southern Rockies LCC for this project in partnering with the National Park Service to survey springs, compile data, and educate the public about the importance of these critical and threatened resources. Learn more...

Harding mountainscape, Hualapai, Arizona

Harding mountainscape, Hualapai, Arizona

Desert LCC

In September 2013 the Springs Stewardship Institute was awarded funding through the U.S. Department Of Interior's WaterSMART program for a two-year project to support the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (DLCC). We submitted our final report. Click here to view the project summary, interactive maps, and to access recordings of webinars.

Ragged Spring, Nevada

Ragged Spring, Nevada

Nevada

Nevada, America’s driest state, contains a high concentration of springs. As in other arid regions, the number of springs is unknown, and hundreds likely remain unmapped. The springs map presented here was compiled by the Nevada Department of Wildlife as part of their 2012 Draft Wildlife Action Plan.

Vaseys Paradise, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Vaseys Paradise, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Southern Rockies lcc

In September 2014 the Springs Stewardship Institute was awarded funding through the U.S. Department Of Interior's WaterSMART program for a two-year project to support the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC).

 

Photo courtesy of Rich Rudow

Photo courtesy of Rich Rudow

Other Researchers

Some researchers have extensively studied individual springs, springs and their connected water features (i.e. rivers, lakes, etc.), and singular features of springs such as water chemistry.