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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.
As part of an ongoing screening program for contaminants of emerging concern in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 8, surface waters at 16 locations in and near seven national park units of the NCPN were sampled for pesticides and pesticide degradation products, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and wastewater indicators. Overall, detection frequencies and concentrations were low.
Video: Halls Creek Water Quality Run, March 2015
The NCPN monitors vegetation, hydrology, and geomorphology in wadeable streams in Arches, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks, and Natural Bridges National Monument. Find out what we accomplished during 2014 and 2015.