• An aerial view of Old Faithful erupting taken from Observation Point with the Old Faithful Inn to the side.

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

Water: Goals and Objectives

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Smart controllers, installed in 2012, measure weather and soil moisture to reduce the amount of water used to irrigate Mammoth Hot Springs' historic lawns.
 

Protect watersheds and preserve natural hydrological and geothermal systems

  • Develop a water source management plan to identify vulnerabilities and recommend mitigation for impacts to Yellowstone's natural hydrological and geothermal systems.(Action items due: 2013)

  • Minimize the impact of paved surfaces on natural resources through design techniques, like the reduction of paved surfaces, increased use of permeable pavement and materials that are recycled, bio based or inert. (Action items due: 2012)

  • Integrate best practices for storm water mitigation into construction projects and to prevent excess storm water runoff. (Action items due: 2012)

  • Identify opportunities for to reduce irrigated areas. (Action items due: 2016)

Decrease potable water use in Yellowstone.

  • Reduce the park's overall potable water consumption from a 2007 baseline. (Baseline year and percentage reductions consistent with EO 13423 and NPS Green Parks Plan). (Action items due: by 2016 - 20 percent; by 2020 - 30 percent )

  • Establish a water metering plan to measure water consumption, establish baseline water use and measure effects of water conservation strategies. (Action items due: 2013)

  • Conduct water infrastructure assessments to identify water loss. (Action items due: 2014)

  • Implement strategies and technologies to reduce potable water for facilities, operations and residences. (Action items due: Ongoing)

  • Develop a comprehensive program for landscape irrigation to minimize water use. (Action items due: by 2016 - 50 percent reduction)

  • Assess the feasibility of rainwater harvesting and gray water reuse for lawn and native plant irrigation. (Action items due: 2016)

Impress upon park employees and visitors the importance of water conservation to inspire them to conserve water in Yellowstone and at home

  • Share water conservation strategies and communicate water reduction projects and programs in Yellowstone with employees and visitors (Action items due: Ongoing)

    Provide water filling stations with messaging that promotes drinking of Yellowstone tap water and the environmental benefits of refilling water bottles. (Action items due: 2013)
 
 
 
 

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Did You Know?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.