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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

WebCams

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 2015, 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.


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.

 

Featured Publications

2017
JRN
Environmental Science & Technology
Effects of an Extreme Flood on Trace Elements in River Water-From Urban Stream to Major River Basin
By Larry B. Barber, Suzanne S. Paschke, William A. Battaglin, Chris Douville, Kevin C. Fitzgerald†, Steffanie H. Keefe, David A. Roth, and Alan M. Vajda
PDF ( 0 KB) | Online Journal Article
SIR
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5084
Characterization of Water Quality and Suspended Sediment during Cold-Season Flows, Warm-Season Flows, and Stormflows in the Fountain and Monument Creek Watersheds, Colorado, 2007-2015
By Lisa D. Miller and Robert W. Stogner, Sr.
JRN
Environmental Pollution
Widespread legacy brine contamination from oil production reduces survival of chorus frog larvae
By Blake R. Hossack, Holly J. Puglis, William A. Battaglin, Chauncey W. Anderson, R. Ken Honeycutt, and Kelly L. Smalling
PDF ( 0 KB) | Online Journal Article
OFR
Open-File Report 2017-1072
Precipitation, streamflow, suspended-sediment, and water-quality data for the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colorado, 1966-2015
By L.R. Arnold

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Water Mission Area

Hurricane response and storm monitoring performed by the USGS.

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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