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Welcome to the USGS Colorado Water Science Center!  Please use these pages to explore the hydrologic data and scientific investigations we conduct on Colorado water resources.

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Explore real-time Colorado streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions.

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Science Highlight

Science Highlight

To better characterize the water supply capacity of Clear Creek Reservoir, a bathymetry survey was conducted. The methods used allowed water-resource managers to maintain typical reservoir operations and eliminate the need to empty the reservoir.

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News

Date published: December 10, 2020

Bakken Shale unconventional oil and gas production has not caused widespread hydrocarbon contamination to date in groundwater used for water supply

A new USGS study reports that shale-oil and -gas production from a major production area in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota has not caused widespread hydrocarbon contamination to date in nearby aquifer zones used for drinking-water supply.

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Quantification of metal loading using tracer dilution and instantaneous synoptic sampling and importance of diel cycling in Leavenworth Creek, Clear Creek County, Colorado, 2012

Leavenworth Creek, a tributary of South Clear Creek and Clear Creek near Georgetown, Colorado, contains copper, lead, and zinc at concentrations close to or in excess of aquatic-life standards. In the summer of 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the Colorado Division of...

Walton-Day, Katherine; Runkel, Robert L.; Smith, Christin D.; Kimball, Briant A.
Walton-Day, K., Runkel, R.L., Smith, C.D., and Kimball, B.A., 2021, Quantification of metal loading using tracer dilution and instantaneous synoptic sampling and importance of diel cycling in Leavenworth Creek, Clear Creek County, Colorado, 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1078, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211078.

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Year Published: 2021

Cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase gene, and cyanotoxin occurrence among selected large river sites of the conterminous United States, 2017–18

The U.S. Geological Survey measured cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase genes, and cyanotoxins at 11 river sites throughout the conterminous United States in a multiyear pilot study during 2017–19 through the National Water Quality Assessment Project to better understand the occurrence of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in large inland and coastal...

Zuellig, Robert E.; Graham, Jennifer L.; Stelzer, Erin A.; Loftin, Keith A.; Rosen, Barry H.
Zuellig, R.E., Graham, J.L., Stelzer, E.A., Loftin, K.A., and Rosen, B.H., 2021, Cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase gene, and cyanotoxin occurrence among selected large river sites of the conterminous United States, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5121, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215121.

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Elevation and elevation-change maps of Fountain Creek, southeastern Colorado, 2015-20

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Colorado Springs Utilities, has collected topographic data annually since 2012 at 10 study areas along Fountain Creek, southeastern Colorado. The 10 study areas were located between Colorado Springs and the terminus of Fountain Creek at the Arkansas River in Pueblo. The purpose of this report is to...

Hempel, Laura A.; Creighton, Andrea L.; Bock, Andrew R.
Hempel, L.A., Creighton, A.L., and Bock, A.R., 2021, Elevation and elevation-change maps of Fountain Creek, southeastern Colorado, 2015–20: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3481, 10 sheets, 12-p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3481.