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Cimarron valley upstream from Silverjack Reservoir





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Water Resources of Colorado

Welcome to the USGS Colorado Water Science Center. These pages are your source for water-resource information collected and interpreted by the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado.

Streamflow Conditions in Colorado

Summary and Alerts

Map based display of CO precipitation gage data

Map of Flood and High Flow Conditions for Colorado


Fourmile Creek WebCam and Flood Video

Waldo Canyon WebCam

Williams Canyon WebCam

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USGS Colorado Water Science Center Highlights

Featured Activities

USGS Scientists Study Effects of Gold King Mine Release

Photograph showing natural iron-rich acidic spring flowing into Cement Creek near Silverton, Colorado.

On August 5, while investigating the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency accidentally triggered the release of approximately three million gallons of acidic, metal-rich mine wastewater from the Gold King Mine into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River. The Animas River flows south into the San Juan River, which is a tributary to the Colorado River.

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Snowpack Sublimation: Measurements and Modeling in the Colorado River Basin

Lochvale Blowing Snow

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting a study of snowpack sublimation in the Colorado River Basin as part of the USGS National Water Census program, in cooperation with the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The primary goal is to develop snowpack sublimation estimates for the Colorado River Basin using ground-based measurements and moderate-resolution and high-resolution gridded models. The results support hydrologic modeling studies, water-availability studies, and water-use assessments.

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Water-Quality Summaries for Several Major River Basins in Colorado

Summaries of water-quality monitoring data are now available for several major river basins in Colorado. For each basin, current data from a network of sites are compared to previously collected data and instream standards. Lowess curves are provided on plots for selected constituents where a sufficient period of record and limited censored data are available.

Colorado Water-Quality Data Repository (CWQDR)

An internet-based data management system that integrates ambient water-quality data from a variety of sources including government agencies, stakeholder groups, and private entities.

Featured Publications

Water Resources Research
On the use of rhodamine WT for the characterization of stream hydrodynamics and transient storage
By Robert L. Runkel
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Chemical Considerations for an Updated National Assessment of Brackish Groundwater Resources
By P.B. McMahon, J. K. Böhlke, K.G. Dahm, D.L. Parkhurst, D.W. Anning, and J.S. Stanton
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2013 Monitoring and Tracking Wet Nitrogen Deposition at Rocky Mountain National Park
By Kristi Morris, Alisa Mast, David Clow, Greg Weatherbee, Jill Baron, Curt Taipale, Tamera Blett, David Gay, and D. Bowker
Environmental Science and Technology
Organic Carbon Burial in Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States
By David W. Clow, Sarah M. Stackpoole, Kristine L. Verdin, David E. Butman, Zhiliang Zhu, David P. Krabbenhoft, and Robert G. Striegl
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Cooperative Water Program

The Cooperative Water Program monitors and assesses water in every State, protectorate, and territory of the U.S. in partnership with nearly 1,600 local, State, and Tribal agencies.

Video - Streamgages: The Silent Superhero

Whether you drink water from your tap, use electricity or canoe down your local river, chances are you benefit from USGS streamgage information. So what is a streamgage and what does it do for you? This CoreCast episode gives you the inside scoop on your silent superhero.

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