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Boulder Creek: A stream ecosystem in an urban landscape

January 1, 2008

The Boulder Creek Watershed, within the Front Range region of Colorado, is typical of many western watersheds because it is composed of a high-gradient upper reach mostly fed by snowmelt, a substantial change in gradient at the range front, and an urban corridor within the lower gradient section. A stream ecosystem within an urban landscape not only can provide water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural needs, but also can be utilized for recreation, esthetic enjoyment, and wastewater disposal. The purpose of this 26 km bicycle field trip is to explore the hydrology and geochemistry of Boulder and South Boulder Creeks and to discuss topics including flood frequency and hazards, aqueous geochemistry of the watershed, and potential impacts of invasive species and emerging contaminants on stream ecology.

Publication Year 2008
Title Boulder Creek: A stream ecosystem in an urban landscape
Authors Philip L. Verplanck, Sheila F. Murphy, Peter W. Birkeland, Pitlick, Larry B. Barber, Travis S. Schmidt
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70156462
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center