The National Park Service recognizes the importance of preserving, conserving, and protecting water resources within its boundaries. Water resources, whether as large as the Colorado River or as small as a seep in Ernie's Country of Canyonlands National Park, play a distinctive role in linking ecosystems and , in general, provide habitat for a number of organisms. To protect park water resources, the Natinoal Park Service initiated a Water REsources Planning Program in 1991. The planning program provides an essential step in developing a comprehensive understanding of a park's hydrological system and the complex resource issues which surround it. The planning program includes several products including Water Resource Issues Overviews, Water Resources Scoping Reports, and Water Resources Mangement Plan.
Cudlip, Lynn; Berghoff, Kevin; and Vana-Miller, David, "Water Resources Management Plan: Arches National Park & Canyonlands National Park, Utah" (1999). All U.S. Government Documents (Utah Regional Depository). Paper 550.