Springs Inventory Protocol (SIP)

Inventory is a fundamental element of ecosystem stewardship, providing essential data on the distribution and status of resources, processes, values, and aquatic wetland, riparian, and upland linkages. Systematic inventory precedes assessment, planning, action implementation, and monitoring in a structured resource management strategy. Efficient interdisciplinary inventory protocols also are essential for improving understanding of springs ecosystem ecology, distribution, status, and conservation. Our inventory and monitoring protocols have been developed over the past decade and used on hundreds of different springs and in different geomorphic and climatological settings. Learn more and download the protocols here.

Springs Ecosystem Assessment Protocol

Our SIP informs a comprehensive Springs Ecosystem Assessment (SEAP) that allows springs stewards to compare springs within landscapes, determine stewardship priorities, and monitor and measure the effectiveness of management actions over time.