National Park Service

Mojave Desert I&M Network (MOJN)

Desert Springs

Blind Spring at Mojave National Preserve
Blind Spring at Mojave National Preserve

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For more information contact: Jennifer Bailard

Importance/Issues

Surface water resources are sparsely distributed on the landscape but are critical for the persistence of native biota - including many endemic species - in the Mojave and Great Basin deserts. Springs are the most numerous surface water habitats in the Mojave Desert Network.

The MOJN Desert Springs protocol will attempt to monitor the more than 1,000 springs in MOJN parks by visiting a statistically-selected sample of springs (approximately 120 each year). The protocol will consist of annual visits to each spring to monitor water quality, water quantity, riparian vegetation, and site disturbance. Sensors will be deployed in each spring to monitor the timing of the wet and dry periods.

Preliminary Monitoring Objectives

  • Is the timing of springflow in the MOJN parks changing over time?
  • Is the water quality of MOJN springs changing over time?
  • Are the riparian vegetative communities associated with springs in the MOJN parks changing over time?

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