Newly collected and previously existing assessment information from the various cooperating agencies (Pima County, Santa Cruz County, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Geologic Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Arizona Game and Fish Department) is now available online regionally and internationally through the Springs Inventory Database. This database is a central repository for inventory information that transcends jurisdictional boundaries and provides information about water availability, its relationship to groundwater basins and its importance to wildlife, plants and humans. This database will provide a much-needed landscape level context for making decisions about management of these crucial resources; this integrated approach was not previously possible due to data being stored by individual agencies in different formats.
We employ a combination of expert and citizen science inventories and assessments to collect critical baseline information on known springs. We use inventory methodologies accessible by citizen scientists to collect new data. This type of assessment has long been desired by many land and resource managers in the region but has been unattainable by a single entity due to the resource-intensive nature of visiting many springs across the region. Our volunteer-driven inventory program is a model for monitoring climate sensitive resources with limited resources.
Enter the Springs Database Portal at http://springsdata.org/