Aerial and and ground surveys for the US Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Applied Science Tools grant ”The Enhancement of LIDAR and Precipitation & Soils Monitoring in the Aravaipa Watershed” specific to the lower Aravaipa Watershed have been completed. The upper Aravaipa Watershed imagery should be organized soon and the quality assurances and working agreements should be in place by the summer of 2021. With all data and agreements properly addressed the location for the SCAN weather stations within both the upper and lower portions with be decided using the new imagery to support the best, most active locations.
This grant will continue the partnerships between AWCA and Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), Arizona Department of Forestry & Fire Management (AZFFMD), Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGF), Arizona State Land Department (AZSLD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) , US Forest Service (USFS), US Geological Survey (USGS), The Nature's Conservancy (TNC) .
The use of historical photography is a moethod to judge vegatation changes.
The current photo does not show too many changes, but will have to be done in the same month to better judge the expansion of scrub oaks in the distance.