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Roaring Fork River Watershed Retrospective Assessment Program

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Roaring Fork River Watershed Retrospective Assessment Program

Study Area: Roaring Fork Watershed
Period of Project: Ongoing
Project Number: CO426
Project Chief: Ken Leib
Cooperator: Pitkin County Board of Commissioners, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Town of Basalt

BACKGROUND:

The USGS, in cooperation with the Pitkin County Board of commissioners, Colorado River Water Conservation District, and Town of Basalt is assessing the quantity and quality of the surface- and ground-water resources in the Roaring Fork River watershed. The study will provide an understanding of the natural and human factors that affect the quantity and quality of the water and the stream biota.

OBJECTIVES:

Specific objectives of the study are:

  1. To characterize existing water-resources and stream-biota data for the Roaring Fork River watershed.
  2. To analyze historical data and assess the broad-scale geographic and seasonal distribution of current water-quantity, water-quality, and stream-biota conditions in the Roaring Fork River watershed.
  3. To summarize the current knowledge of the environmental setting and identify, describe, and explain, where possible, the major natural and human factors that affect observed water-quantity and -quality conditions.
  4. To develop a water-quantity, water-quality, and stream-biota data base.
  5. To design a water-quality sampling scheme to address water-quality and water-resource management concerns based on results of the retrospective analysis.
  6. To implement a monitoring program to describe current water-quality, water-quantity, and stream-biota conditions in the Roaring Fork River watershed.

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