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Databases & Clearinghouses

Databases & Clearinghouses

  • Free public access to digital collections of significant primary and secondary resources on water in the western United States.
  • The Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona tackles key water policy and management issues, empowers informed decision-making, and enriches understanding through engagement, education, 
    and applied research.
  • The Cross Watershed Network (XWN) began as a regional network that connected watershed practitioners (practitioners) across watersheds in the Southwest U.S. through information sharing, collective capacity building, and collaboration. Members of the XWN Steering Committee wrote this case study to provide “lessons learned” for others who are setting up and implementing communities of practice and peer- learning networks. The study outlines XWN’s vision and accomplishments, approach to peer-learning and managing the network, and recommendations for future efforts.
  • American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to empower federal and state agency staff, engineering design firms and other consultants, and nonprofit organizations (collectively, river restoration practitioners) with the tools, skills, and understanding necessary to restore damaged rivers. Explore our series of videos, fact sheets, and reports to learn more about removing dams, replacing culverts, and restoring floodplains.

  • This website provides links to past webinars hosted by the Conservation Biology Institute. Topics are wide ranging. 

  • This is a list of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters authored by The Nature Conservancy staff, including links to pdf versions where available.

  • Through this webinar portal you can stay up-to-date with the latest research and industry practices in forestry, conservation, bioenergy, climate change and natural resources. Most of the user friendly webinars provide the opportunity to accrue continuing education credits, from professional accrediting organizations such as Society of American Foresters, International Society of Arboriculture, The Wildlife Society, Certified Crop Advisors, and others. You can receive continuing education credits for select live and on-demand webinars, which makes refreshing your knowledge on natural resource topics from your desktop fast, economical, and easy.
    The webinar portal is a service of the Southern Regional Extension Forestry Office, North Carolina State University's Extension Forest Resources, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, other participating land-grant universities, the USDA, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the USDA Forest Service, and the USDA Northeast Climate Hub.
  • The Desert Flows Database is a compilation of over 400 peer-reviewed articles, reports, and book chapters from across the watersheds that touch the Sonoran, Chihuahua, and Mojave Deserts. Funding for this project was provided by the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). Information about environmental water needs within the database come from many sources – studies done for the express purpose of answering questions about flow needs as well as studies performed for other purposes that have minimal reference to environmental water needs.  As of 01/2016, the Desert Flows Database contains data through 07/2015.  The database contains tabular data that can be linked to geospatial data on river segments studied. To download the database and guide to using the database fill out the form below.  For questions about the database please contact

  • The Nature Conservancy launched the Groundwater Resource Hub, the go-to resource on Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems. Please visit for information on GDEs and for tools that can help you save time and money as you develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans.  This website features: 
    • The best available science in a straightforward format
    • Interactive animations that tell the story of GDEs and their relationship to groundwater
    • A step-by-step guidance document to efficiently identify and consider GDEs under SGMA
    • Identification of all SGMA provisions related to GDEs
    • Case studies providing real-world examples of processes, tools and techniques related to GDEs and sustainable groundwater management
    • A library of links to additional papers, articles and reference materials related to GDEs and sustainable groundwater management
  • This website, which is sponsored by the Colorado Native Plant Master Program, is designed to help people find research-based information about plants that grow in the wilds of Colorado. Plants can be searched for by name, specific characteristics, and blooming season. 

  • The Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center and Partners in Flight Databases can be accessed from this website

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mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.