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Northern Colorado Plateau Network
The NCPN consists of 16 parks with diverse cultural and natural resources distributed across four states and three physiographic regions. Ecosystems include desert grasslands, shrublands and woodlands, forested terrestrial systems, and aquatic systems, including large rivers, perennial streams, seeps, springs, and cave systems.
This site provides access to study results, data, and related analysis about the natural resources investigated by the NCPN network, its parks, research and land management partners. Park managers use this information to make decisions about park resources.
Report: Evaluation of Quality-Control Data and Quality Assurance for Routine Water Quality Monitoring in Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks
To track long-term trends in water quality of stream water at Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks, the NCPN submits monthly water-quality samples to the Utah Public Health Laboratory (in cooperation with the Utah Division of Water Quality). This report describes the data quality for major constituents, nutrients, and trace elements in stream samples collected during water years 2006-2013.
Video: Halls Creek Water Quality Run, March 2015
Using data accumulated through our long-term monitoring of invasive exotic plants in Dinosaur National Monument, the NCPN recently investigated the question of whether riparian areas of regulated rivers have more invasive plants than those of unregulated rivers.