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Reconfigured Channel Monitoring and Assessment Program


Reconfigured Channel Monitoring and Assessment Program

Study Area: Statewide
Period of Project: Ongoing
Project Number: CO401
Project Chief: Cory Williams
Cooperator: Colorado Water Conservation District


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is engaged in a program to monitor and assess the long-term geomorphic behavior of selected river and stream reaches that previously have undergone some physical modification. These modifications include natural channel adjustments to floods as well as intentional channel reconfigurations to alter the function and (or) appearance of a river reach. Geomorphic surveys, photographic records, and sediment characteristics of selected river reaches are available from the project data base.


  1. To develop a uniform monitoring method for reconfigured channels.
  2. To create and maintain a database consisting of numerous monumented reaches where channels have been reconfigured.
  3. To re-visit the monumented reaches to assess trends in geomorphic response to intentional channel modifications.

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