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Helicopter with geophysical equipment flying near mountains
April 18, 2019

On April 2, the USGS hosted an Open House in Silverton, Colorado, about planned airborne geophysical surveys in the Silverton region.

A huge canyon surrounded by deep-set cliffs opens to reveal a sunny gorge and part of the Colorado River.
April 11, 2019

A new study shows that mysterious cycles in salinity in the lower Colorado River are a result of precipitation patterns in the headwaters of the upper basin more than a thousand river miles away. The salinity levels generally repeat about every 10 years.

Airborne electromagnetic system similar to that which will be used for the Silverton, Colorado survey.
March 25, 2019

In the public interest, and in accordance with FAA regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

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Application to explore US Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: April 19, 2019
Status: Active

United States Assessments of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources

USGS Energy Resources Program provides periodic assessments of the oil and natural gas endowment of the United States and the World (click here for information about World Oil and Gas Assessments).  This website provides access to new, prioritized, assessment results and supporting data for the United States, as part...

August-September 2014 Southwest flood events
Date Published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

August-September 2014 Southwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the August-September 2014 Floods, caused by heavy rains followed by remnants of Hurricane Odile which brought major flooding to parts of Arizona.

September 2013 Southwest floods
Date Published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

September 2013 Southwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the September 2013 Southwest Floods that occurred when rains brought major flooding to parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.

Attribution: Water Resources
June 2011 Mississippi River flood
Date Published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

Summer 2011 Missouri River Basin flood

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2011 Missouri River Basin Flood resulting from higher-than-average snowmelt runoff combined with heavy spring rains.

USGS Field Crews Survey Fountain Creek at Study Area 1
Date Published: February 19, 2019
Status: Active

Topographic Survey Data of Fountain Creek between Colorado Springs and the Confluence of Fountain Creek at the Arkansas River

Starting in 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with Colorado Springs Utilities selected 10 reaches or study areas along Fountain Creek between Colorado Springs and the confluence of Fountain Creek at the Arkansas River for annual bed and bank characterization and topographic surveys.  

The selected 10 study areas are approximately 5 to 20 bank-full channel widths in...

Contacts: Laura Hempel
Fast moving stream with rapids in upper, more mountainous part of Boulder Creek Watershed, Colorado
Date Published: December 13, 2018
Status: Active

Connections between Forested and Urban Landscapes and Implications for Water Supply

Interactions between forested and urban landscapes can lead to reciprocal effects that have substantial impacts on water supply and ecology. Air pollution from urban and forested landscapes can be deposited on adjacent forests, while forest disturbance, such as wildfires and floods, can remobilize those contaminants. Additionally, pollutants from legacy land use (e.g., mining) can also be...

Joe Adams (USGS NUPO) working on the 3DR Solo
Date Published: December 11, 2018
Status: Active

National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office leads the research and integration activities needed to make UAS data collection an efficient, safe, and cost-effective remote sensing tool for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and USGS scientists.

Contacts: Jeff Sloan
CRC Oil Shale Core
Date Published: December 7, 2018
Status: Completed

Oil Shale

The USGS Energy Resources Program has studied oil shale resources of the United States, with a significant effort on the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.  This formation contains the largest oil shale deposits in the world. Oil shale, despite the name, does not actually contain oil, but is a precursor of oil that is converted to crude oil when heated.   This website...

Province 5038 Park Basin
Date Published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Park Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Park Basins Province 5038 of Colorado:

 

Province 5040 Las Animas Arch National Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Las Animas Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Las Animas Arch Province 5040 of southeastern Colorado:

 

Province 5023 Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift National Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift 5023:

 

Province 5058 Anadarko Basin National Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: November 30, 2018
Status: Active

Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Anadarko Basin Province 5058:

  • 2010 Conventional and Continuous Assessment (Fact Sheet 2011-3003, complete geologic report also available in 
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NWIS Mapper screenshot
March 5, 2019

The NWIS mapper provides access to over 1.5 million sites contained in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), including sites where current and historical surface-water, groundwater, springs, and atmospheric data has been collected. Users can search by site type, data type, site number, or place.

Upstream view of Fountain Creek in Colorado
February 23, 2019

The transit-loss accounting program, which has been in continuous daily use in some form since April 1989, has provided water-rights administrators with a tool to effectively manage RRFs and administer water diversion priorities along Fountain Creek on a daily basis.

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January 1, 2019

This dataset accompanies publication 'A supervolcano and its sidekicks: A 100 ka eruptive chronology of the Fish Canyon Tuff and associated units of the La Garita magmatic system', in review in Geology, which analyzed eruptive products from the La Garita caldera.

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December 6, 2018

GIS Data for Las Animas Arch Oil and Gas Assessments 

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December 6, 2018

GIS Data for Park Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

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December 6, 2018

GIS Data for Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift Oil and Gas Assessments 

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November 30, 2018

Downloadable Data for Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

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November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments 

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November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

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November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

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November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

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November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

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Application to explore US Oil and Gas Assessments
March 19, 2019

This map shows the provinces assessed by the USGS for undiscovered oil and gas resources. 

Screenshot of San Juan River Basin Sites
March 4, 2019

The USGS monitors current streamflow and water-quality conditions at various sites in the Animas and San Juan River Basins in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, including areas below the Gold King Mine release area. These streamgages provide continuous data on streamflow and select water-quality constituents including specific conductance, water temperature, pH, and turbidity.

Colorado StreamStats Screen Capture
May 17, 2017

The map-based user interface can be used to delineate drainage areas, get basin characteristics and estimates of flow statistics, and more. 

Funding partners: Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado Water Conservation Board

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

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April 6, 2016

USGS topographic maps originally published on paper in the period 1884-2006 have been scanned and published as PDF documents. This collection is of topographic quadrangle maps with scales between 1:10,000 and 1:250,000. These historic documents are downloadable free of charge through several interfaces.

Colorado. The location of the 188 streamgages used to develop the peak-streamflow equations
September 15, 2015

The location of the 188 streamgages used to develop the peak-streamflow equations, of which 44 streamgages have paleoflood or non-exceedance bound data.

Colorado Flood Database
October 24, 2010

An easy-to-use, Web-based geodatabase of historical flood and paleoflood information which includes links to sources of flood data.  The interface makes this collection of information useful to water-resource managers to better understand the historic events for improved flood-frequency estimates of the largest floods in Colorado.

Nodes and Subreaches Along Monument and Fountain Creeks and Location of Streamflow Stations Used in Transit-Loss Accounting Prog
September 6, 2007

Nodes and Subreaches Along Monument and Fountain Creeks and Location of Streamflow-Gaging Stations, Wastewater-Treatment Facilities, and Diversions Used in New Transit-Loss Accounting Program

Nodes and Subreaches Along Monument and Fountain Creeks and Location of Streamflow Stations Used in Transit-Loss Accounting Prog
September 6, 2007

Nodes and Subreaches Along Monument and Fountain Creeks and Location of Streamflow-Gaging Stations, Wastewater-Treatment Facilities, and Diversions Used in New Transit-Loss Accounting Program

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Pharmaceuticals, hormones, pesticides, and other bioactive contaminants in water, sediment, and tissue from Rocky Mountain National Park, 2012–2013

Pharmaceuticals, hormones, pesticides, and other bioactive contaminants (BCs) are commonly detected in surface water and bed sediment in urban and suburban areas, but these contaminants are understudied in remote locations. In Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Colorado, USA, BCs may threaten the reproductive success and survival of native...

Battaglin, William A.; Bradley, Paul M.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.; Journey, Celeste A.; Walsh, Heather L.; Blazer, Vicki S.
Battaglin, W.A., Bradley, P.M., Iwanowicz, L., Journey, C.A., Walsh, H.L., and Blazer, V.S., 2018, Pharmaceuticals, hormones, pesticides, and other bioactive contaminants in water, sediment, and tissue from Rocky Mountain National Park, 2012–2013, Science of The Total Environment, v. 643, p. 651-673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.150.

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Cinnamon gulch revisited: Another look at separating natural and mining-impacted contributions to instream metal load

Baseline, premining data for streams draining abandoned mine lands is virtually non existent, and indirect methods for estimating premining conditions are needed to establish realistic, cost effective cleanup goals. One such indirect method is the proximal analog approach, in which premining conditions are estimated using data from nearby...

Runkel, Robert L.; Verplanck, Philip L.; Kimball, Briant; Walton-Day, Katie
Runkel, R.L., Verplanck, P.L., Kimball, B.A., Walton-Day, K., 2018, Cinnamon Gulch revisited: Another look at separating natural and mining-impacted contributions to instream metal load, Applied Geochemistry, v. 95, 206-217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2018.04.010

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Comparability among four invertebrate sampling methods and two multimetric indexes, Fountain Creek Basin, Colorado, 2010–2012

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Colorado Springs City Engineering and Colorado Springs Utilities, analyzed previously collected invertebrate data to determine the comparability among four sampling methods and two versions (2010 and 2017) of the Colorado Benthic Macroinvertebrate Multimetric Index (MMI). For this study,...

Bruce, James F.; Roberts, James J.; Zuellig, Robert E.
Bruce, J.F., Roberts, J.J., and Zuellig, R.E., 2018, Comparability among four invertebrate sampling methods and two multimetric indexes, Fountain Creek Basin, Colorado, 2010–2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5061, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185061.

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Assessment of dissolved-selenium concentrations and loads in the lower Gunnison River Basin, Colorado, as part of the Selenium Management Program, from 2011 to 2016

The Gunnison Basin Selenium Management Program implemented a water-quality monitoring network in 2011 in the lower Gunnison River Basin in Colorado. Selenium is a trace element that bioaccumulates in aquatic food chains and can cause reproductive failure, deformities, and other harmful effects. This report presents the percentile values of...

Henneberg, Mark F.
Henneberg, M.F., 2018, Assessment of dissolved-selenium concentrations and loads in the lower Gunnison River Basin, Colorado, as part of the Selenium Management Program, from 2011 to 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5001, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20185001.

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Methane in groundwater from a leaking gas well, Piceance Basin, Colorado, USA

Site-specific and regional analysis of time-series hydrologic and geochemical data collected from 15 monitoring wells in the Piceance Basin indicated that a leaking gas well contaminated shallow groundwater with thermogenic methane. The gas well was drilled in 1956 and plugged and abandoned in 1990. Chemical and isotopic data showed the...

McMahon, Peter B.; Thomas, Judith C.; Crawford, John T.; Dornblaser, Mark M.; Hunt, Andrew G.
McMahon, P.B., Thomas, J.C., Crawford, J.T., Dornblaser, M.M, Hunt, A.G., 2018. Methane in groundwater from a leaking gas well, Piceance Basin, Colorado, USA. Sci. Total Environ. 634, 791-801.

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Changes in biological communities of the Fountain Creek Basin, Colorado, 2003–2016, in relation to antecedent streamflow, water quality, and habitat

The analysis described in this report is part of a longterm project monitoring the biological communities, habitat, and water quality of the Fountain Creek Basin. Biology, habitat, and water-quality data have been collected at 10 sites since 2003. These data include annual samples of aquatic invertebrate communities, fish communities, water...

Roberts, James J.; Bruce, James F.; Zuellig, Robert E.
Roberts, J.J., Bruce, J.F., and Zuellig, R.E., 2018, Changes in biological communities of the Fountain Creek Basin, Colorado, 2003–2016, in relation to antecedent streamflow, water quality, and habitat: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5162, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175162.

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Hydrogeologic characteristics and geospatial analysis of water-table changes in the alluvium of the lower Arkansas River Valley, southeastern Colorado, 2002, 2008, and 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District measures groundwater levels periodically in about 100 wells completed in the alluvial material of the Arkansas River Valley in Pueblo, Crowley, Otero, Bent, and Prowers Counties in southeastern Colorado, of which 95 are used for the analysis in this...

Holmberg, Michael J.
Holmberg, M.J., 2017, Hydrogeologic characteristics and geospatial analysis of water-table changes in the alluvium of the lower Arkansas River Valley, southeastern Colorado, 2002, 2008, and 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3378, pamphlet 9 p., 3 sheets, scale 1:130,000 and 1:575, 000, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3378.

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Geoelectric monitoring at the Boulder magnetic observatory

Despite its importance to a range of applied and fundamental studies, and obvious parallels to a robust network of magnetic-field observatories, long-term geoelectric field monitoring is rarely performed. The installation of a new geoelectric monitoring system at the Boulder magnetic observatory of the US Geological Survey is summarized. Data from...

Blum, Cletus; White, Tim; Sauter, Edward A.; Stewart, Duff; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Love, Jeffrey J.
Blum, C. C., White, T. C., Sauter, E. A., Stewart, D. C., Bedrosian, P. A., and Love, J. J.: Geoelectric monitoring at the Boulder magnetic observatory, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-2017-27, in production, 2017.

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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

From 2007 through 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Colorado Springs City Engineering, conducted a study in the Fountain and Monument Creek watersheds, Colorado, to characterize surface-water quality and suspended-sediment conditions for three different streamflow regimes with an emphasis on characterizing water quality during...

Miller, Lisa D.; Stogner, Sr., Robert W.
Miller, L.D., and Stogner, R.W., Sr., 2017, 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: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5084, 47 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175084.

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Precipitation, streamflow, suspended-sediment, and water-quality data for the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colorado, 1966–2015

The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson (AGFC) and the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) are facilities operated by the U.S. Department of the Army in southern Colorado. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Army, established a hydrologic and water-quality data-collection network at the AGFC in June 1978 and at the...

Arnold, L.R.
Arnold, L.R., 2017, Precipitation, streamflow, suspended-sediment, and water-quality data for the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colorado, 1966–2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1072, 130 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171072.

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Estimation of salt loads for the Dolores River in the Paradox Valley, Colorado, 1980–2015

Regression models that relate total dissolved solids (TDS) concentrations to specific conductance were used to estimate salt loads for two sites on the Dolores River in the Paradox Valley in western Colorado. The salt-load estimates will be used by the Bureau of Reclamation to evaluate salt loading to the river coming from the Paradox Valley and...

Mast, M. Alisa
Mast, M.A., 2017, Estimation of salt loads for the Dolores River in the Paradox Valley, Colorado, 1980–2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5059, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175059.

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The Niobrara Formation as a challenge to water quality in the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA

Study regionArkansas River, east of the Rocky Mountains.Study focusCretaceous sedimentary rocks in the western United States generally pose challenges to water quality, often through mobilization of salts and trace metals by irrigation. However, in the Arkansas River Basin of Colorado, patchy exposure of multiple Cretaceous formations has made it...

Bern, Carleton R.; Stogner, Sr., Robert W.
Bern, C.R. and Stogner, R.W., Sr., 2017, The Niobrara Formation as a challenge to water quality in the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA: Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, Elsevier, v. 12, p. 181-195.

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USGS science for a changing world
November 20, 2017

The is a useful tool designed to facilitate FGDC metadata creation for spatial and non-spatial data sets. It is a cross-platform desktop application built using an open-source Python architecture.

USGS science for a changing world
March 23, 2012

Smart River GIS allows simultaneous views of river hydraulics, species-specific habitat, and fish population simulations, for a better understanding of complex ecological interactions. We used existing data sets from the South Platte River in Colorado to develop a multi-layered geographic information system (GIS) that resource managers can use to improve their understanding of river ecosystems.

USGS science for a changing world
January 1, 1999

CloseTest is a Windows program for testing capture-recapture data

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Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
November 14, 2018

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

A USGS scientist prepares a sample to test the effect of antibiotics on denitrifying bacteria within a glove box
September 24, 2018

A USGS scientist prepares a sample to test the effect of antibiotics

A USGS scientist prepares a sample to test the effect of antibiotics on denitrifying bacteria within a glove box. A glove box allows scientists to work with samples in an anaerobic (no oxygen) atmosphere, the conditions under which denitrification occurs.

Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium
April 3, 2018

Fathead minnows swimming in an experimental aquarium

Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an expermental aquaium. The aquarium is part of an experiment to assess endocrine disruption in fish.

Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory -- Boulder, Colorado
April 3, 2018

Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory -- Boulder, Colorado

Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory -- Boulder, Colorado. Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an expermental aquaium

Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate
January 17, 2018

Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate

Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate

Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to the effluent from a wastewater treatment plant
December 31, 2017

Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to sewage effluent

Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to the effluent from a wastewater treatment plant

Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium
December 31, 2017

Fathead minnows swimming in an experimental aquarium

Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory — Boulder, Colorado. Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium. The aquarium is part of an experiment to assess endocrine disruption in fish.

Scientist operates small drone over river valley with mountains in the background.
August 16, 2017

USGS uses drone with thermal infrared camera to study water resources

USGS Hydrologist Eric White flies a small unoccupied aircraft system – sUAS or "drone" – equipped with a thermal infrared camera during a groundwater/surface-water exchange study along the East River in Gunnison National Forest near Gothic, Colorado, in August 2017. The study was part of a multi-year project by the USGS Water Resources Mission Area Hydrogeophysics Branch

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July 14, 2017

Debris flow monitoring at Chalk Cliffs, CO (2017)

The USGS and its cooperators have installed debris-flow monitoring equipment in the largest drainage basin at Chalk Cliffs, CO. Data collection at this site supports research on the hydrologic factors that control debris-flow initiation, entrainment, and flow dynamics.

This debris flow took place July 19, 2017. The video includes a single view of an instrumented

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Johanna Blake demonstrates how to use a water quality sonde
June 21, 2017

Johanna Blake demonstrates how to use a water quality sonde

USGS NMWSC Hydrologists Johanna Blake and Jeb Brown attended the 2nd Annual Conference on Environmental Conditions of the Animas and San Juan Watersheds with Emphasis on Gold King Mine and other Mine Waste Issues in Farmington, NM from June 20-21. Johanna and Jeb presented on the USGS long-term monitoring work of continuous monitoring sondes, water quality, and sediment

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Hydrologists doing field work near Farmington, NM
June 20, 2017

Hydrologists doing field work near Farmington, NM

USGS NMWSC Hydrologists Johanna Blake and Jeb Brown attended the 2nd Annual Conference on Environmental Conditions of the Animas and San Juan Watersheds with Emphasis on Gold King Mine and other Mine Waste Issues in Farmington, NM from June 20-21. Johanna and Jeb presented on the USGS long-term monitoring work of continuous monitoring sondes, water quality, and sediment

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Helicopter with geophysical equipment flying near mountains
April 18, 2019

On April 2, the USGS hosted an Open House in Silverton, Colorado, about planned airborne geophysical surveys in the Silverton region.

A huge canyon surrounded by deep-set cliffs opens to reveal a sunny gorge and part of the Colorado River.
April 11, 2019

A new study shows that mysterious cycles in salinity in the lower Colorado River are a result of precipitation patterns in the headwaters of the upper basin more than a thousand river miles away. The salinity levels generally repeat about every 10 years.

Airborne electromagnetic system similar to that which will be used for the Silverton, Colorado survey.
March 25, 2019

In the public interest, and in accordance with FAA regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Photo of an active oil and gas pad on Bureau of Land Management lands near Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
February 12, 2019

Recovery of vegetation on plugged and abandoned oil and gas well sites on the Colorado Plateau is influenced by time, moisture, nonnative plants and the type of plant community that was originally in place before well sites were constructed, according to a recently published study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Colorado River, Kawuneeche Valley, Grand County, Colorado
October 23, 2018

The University of Colorado Boulder has been selected as the new host for the North Central CASC.

Image: Collecting Data at an Alpine Lake
August 10, 2018

Earlier snowmelt affects many ecosystems worldwide, especially in montane settings. USGS and other federal and university scientists determined how alpine plant species respond to snow melt gradients in a high-alpine area of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Bandelier Postwildfire, New Mexico Water Science Center
August 6, 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey is celebrating the achievements of Dr. Craig D. Allen, who was recently named an Ecological Society of America (ESA) fellow for making exceptional contributions to a broad array of ecology. Dr. Allen, a research ecologist with the USGS Fort Collins Science Center, joins 27 other newly-initiated ESA fellows from academia, public and private sectors. Fellows are elected for life.

UAS Vehicle
June 26, 2018

This Thursday, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA will test new technologies near Parkdale, Colorado, located west of Cañon City, to better understand how unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, may be used to measure water depth, water levels and velocity from the sky. 

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
January 25, 2018

Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study done in cooperation with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.

Prairie dog and SPV bait
December 13, 2017

About 70 percent of wild prairie dogs successfully ingested baits containing an oral sylvatic plague vaccine, or SPV, that were distributed throughout their habitats, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
December 7, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Rio Grande aquifer system, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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