National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program - South Platte River Basin

Link to Biological and Habitat Conditions in the South Platte River Basin Study Description

Fish Community Column Descriptor List for Data Files
Habitat - Level 1 Column Descriptor List for Data Files

Map showing locations of Ecological Assessment Study Sites

Locations of sites sampled.
Click on the map site above to view habitat data or a site below to view habitat or fish data.

Ecological data collection at each site included the collection of biological communities and measurements of characteristics of riparian and instream habitat conditions. Three taxanomic groups -- fish, invertebrates, and algae -- were sampled because they respond differently to different environmental stresses. Physical habitat features are characterized both instream and along riparian areas. An example of some of these features include channel width, reach length, bank width, flood-plain width, water depth, water velocity, bed substrate, embeddedness, canopy angle, channel aspect, bank angle, bank height, bank shape, bank erosion, bank vegetation, and more. A complete list and definition of terms is detailed in the habitat protocols (Meador and others, 1993b).

Ecological data consist of:

 1 06713500 Cherry Creek at Denver
 2 06714000 South Platte River at Denver
 3 06719505 Clear Creek at Golden
 4 06720500 South Platte River at Henderson
 5 06731000 St.Vrain Creek at mouth, near Platteville
 6 402114105350101 Big Thompson River below Moraine Park near Estes Park
 7 0675200 Cache la Poudre River at mouth of canyon, near Ft Collins
 8 06753400 Lonetree Creek at Carr
 9 06753990 Lonetree Creek near Greeley (No Fish Present)
10 06754000 South Platte River near Kersey
11 06759910 South Platte River at Cooper's Bridge, near Balzac
12 06765500 South Platte River at North Platte, NE


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