You can help Friends inventory developed water sources on the Tonto National Forest. Developed water sources were constructed for use by livestock and wildlife.  The three types of developed water sources to be inventoried are windmills, springs and stock tanks. The windmills pump water into troughs. Developed springs have concentration boxes at the spring source and a pipeline that gravity-flows water to a trough and/or large storage tank. Stock tanks passively collect runoff water in small earthen ponds.

The Tonto will create an accurate map of water locations and their construction from the data collected and use this information for future environmental analyses as well as for the adjudication of water rights by the State of Arizona. Throughout its history, the Tonto National Forest applied for hundreds of water rights. Now, the Forest is collecting current information on the developments at every water source in order to maintain these rights. 

You will need a 4WD high clearance vehicle on most of the Forest Roads that lead to the sites.  In addition, some sites will require short hikes.  

Grab a friends as we recommend that this activity for at least two participants working together.

Schedule data collection at your convenience.  You will use the Collector app on your smart device or one that you borrow from Friends.  

Ask for additional information about this project from Patti Fenner,