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Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN)

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Northern Colorado Plateau Network

Raven, Canyonlands National Park Snow, Zion National Park Steamboat Rock, Dinosaur National Monument Cactus and soil crust, Arches National Park Pleasant Creek, Capitol Reef National Park Wildflowers, Cedar Breaks National Monument Bryce Canyon National Park Wildflowers, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Runoff, Colorado National Monument Curecanti National Recreation Area Chicken Creek Trail, Fossil Butte National Monument Golden Spike National Historic Site Hovenweep National Monument Pond, Pipe Spring National Monument American Fork Canyon, Timpanogos Cave NM Sipapu Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument

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.

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Report: Screening for Contaminants of Emerging Concern, 2014

Report: Screening for Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network, 2014

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.

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Grizzly Ridge, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP Gunnison Point, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP Island in the Sky Visitor Center, Canyonlands NP Pleasant Creek, Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center, Colorado National Monument Elk Creek Campground, Curecanti NRA Lake Fork Campground, Curecanti NRA Split Mountain from Quarry Exhibit Hall, Dinosaur NM Temples and Towers of the Virgin, Zion National Park

Video: Halls Creek Water Quality Run, March 2015

Brief: Wadeable Streams Monitoring, 2015

Brief: Wadeable Streams Monitoring, 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.

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