Bureau of Land Management Soil, Water and Air Program Highlights Fiscal Year 2015

Bureau of Land Management Soil, Water and Air Program Highlights Fiscal Year 2015
Bureau of Land Management Soil, Water and Air Program Highlights Fiscal Year 2015
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for more than 245 million acres of public land—about 10 percent of the nation’s surface land area. This land is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The BLM accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Soil, water, and air resources are the most foundational and basic of natural resources. Soil, water, and air processes determine, to a large extent, the structure and function of ecosystems.


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Introduction 1
Soil Highlights 3
BLM and USGS Study Geologic Processes and Sediment Deposition on River Islands – Eastern States 3
Cooperative Efforts Increase Grass and Forb Cover, Control Cheatgrass, and Reduce Erosion – New Mexico 3
Land Management Agencies Implement MOU and Make Notable Progress – Nevada 4
BLM Colorado Continues Badger Wash Study – Colorado 4
Project Reduces Airborne Particulate Matter (PM10 ) – Arizona 4
Water Highlights 5
BLM and State of Oregon Coordinate on Water Rights Data Entry – Oregon/Washington 5
Partnership with Trout Unlimited Improves Conditions for Trout in Goodenough Creek – Idaho 5
BLM Nevada State Office Hosts Interagency Drought Training and Tour – Nevada 6
Project at Headwaters Enhances Crowley Creek – Nevada 7
Southern Nevada Continues Restoration of Degraded Springs for Endemic Springsnails – Nevada 8
White River Field Office Implements Upgrades to Monitoring Equipment – Colorado 9
Grand Junction Field Office Achieves Instream Flow Protection for the Lower Dolores River – Colorado 9
River/Lake Gauge Program Continues in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska 10
Field Office Monitors Water Quality in Disturbed Streams – Alaska 11
River Gauge Installation Helps Complete Instream Flow Water Rights – Alaska 11
BLM and NRCS Conduct Snow Surveys – Alaska 11
BLM Continues Cooperative Crooked Creek Watershed Assessment – Alaska 12
BLM Performs Water Quality Monitoring in the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River Corridor – Alaska 13
BLM Partners with USGS for Instream Flow Study of Mosquito Fork Wild and Scenic River – Alaska 13
BLM Alaska Pursues Water Rights on Four Rivers in ACEC – Alaska 14
Adjudication Process Begins for Gulkana Water Rights Application – Alaska 14
Partnership Protects Aquifers and Restores Critical Habitat on Wild and Scenic River – California 15
Field Office Partners with Watershed Council – Colorado 16
Ongoing Efforts with Bureau of Reclamation Monitor Blanca Wetlands ACEC – Colorado 16
Kremmling Field Office Participates in a Variety of Projects to Support Colorado River Health – Colorado 16
BLM Colorado Participates in “Take It Outside” Program – Colorado 17
Uncompahgre Field Office Improves Wet Meadow Habitat – Colorado 17
Little Snake Field Office Repurposes Abandoned Artesian Well in Scandinavian Gulch – Colorado 17
Partnership Improves Sagebrush Habitat for Numerous Wildlife Species – Wyoming 18
Cooperative Efforts Help Wyoming State Office Understand and Address Erosion in Riparian Systems – Wyoming 18
Team Training and Ongoing Surveys Document Proper Functioning Condition – Wyoming 19
BLM Performs Conifer Control for Riparian Enhancement – Wyoming 19
BLM Monitors Streams and Rivers across Wyoming – Wyoming 19
Miles City Field Office Performs Restoration after Dam Removal – Montana 20
Dillon Field Office Assesses Watersheds and Restores Trout Habitat – Colorado 21
Inventory Helps to Construct a Database of Lentic Resources and Conditions – Montana/Dakotas 21
MOU Tackles Nonpoint Source Pollution to Improve Water Quality – Montana/Dakotas 22
Air Highlights 23
Project Points Way to Better Air Resource Modeling – Montana/Dakotas 23
BLM and Partners Host Forum about the San Juan Basin Methane Hotspot – Four Corners Region 23
NOC Provides Technical and Air Quality Modeling Support for Numerous NEPA Projects – National Operations Center 23
BLM Continues Climate Monitoring Program at the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska 24
Portable Equipment Monitors Air Quality at Three Locations – Colorado 25
BLM Supports Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost in NPR-A – Alaska 25
BLM Supports National Wind Erosion Research Network – Colorado 26
Partnership Entails Sampling Precipitation Chemistry and Quantity – Colorado 26
BLM Completes 3-Year Air Quality Study with the University of Wyoming – Wyoming 27


Environmental groups, organizations, committees, and policymakers; land and water management and preservation personnel; and scientists researching land, water and air pollution would find this resource helpful.  In addition, members of the general public interested in the functions and programs of the Bureau of Land Management would enjoy this publication.

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