ABOUT THE COLORADO WATER SCIENCE CENTER
USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
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
USGS Colorado Water Science Center Highlights
USGS Scientists Study Effects of Gold King Mine Release
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.
Snowpack Sublimation: Measurements and Modeling in the Colorado River Basin
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.
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.
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.
Of Current Interest
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. http://water.usgs.gov/coop/
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. http://www.usgs.gov/corecast/?tag=streamgage