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Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

Map of Region 7 Upper Colorado River Basin

Map of Region 7 Upper Colorado River Basin

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USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin conduct a large number of cooperative and collaborative projects with other agencies and partners. A sampling of those projects are shown below on this web page.

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Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Wind River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Wind River Basin Province 5035 in central Wyoming.

Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Bighorn Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Bighorn Basin Province 5034.

     

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    Hanna, Laramie, Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resource potential of the Hanna, Laramie, and Shirley Basins Province 5030 in Wyoming and northeastern Colorado.

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the San Juan Basin Province of northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado 5022.

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Paradox Basin Province of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona 5021.

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has conducted a number of geology-based assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Uinta-Piceance Basin (USGS Province 5020) of western Colorado and Eastern Utah. Recent assessments include.

      Date published: November 19, 2018
      Status: Active

      Eastern Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Eastern Great Basin Province of eastern Nevada, western Utah, southeastern Idaho, and northwestern Arizona 5019.

         

        Date published: November 19, 2018
        Status: Active

        Yellowstone River Compact Commission

        The Yellowstone River Compact was ratified in 1950 and became effective in 1951. The Yellowstone River Compact Commission (YRCC) is a three member commission charged with apportioning the waters of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.

        Date published: November 15, 2018
        Status: Active

        Water-Quality Summaries for Several Major River Basins in Colorado

        Summaries of water-quality monitoring data are available for several major river basins in Colorado. For each basin, current data from a network of sites are compared to previously collected data and instream standards. Lowess curves are provided on plots for selected constituents where a sufficient period of record and limited censored data are available.

        Date published: November 6, 2018
        Status: Active

        Integrated Uranium Resource and Environmental Assessment

        The US Geological Survey has assembled a small group of scientists who are assessing the uranium resource potential of the United States.  Uranium is used to fuel the 98 operable nuclear reactors in the United States, providing 20% of the nation’s electricity. More than 95% of this uranium is imported, and the rest is produced from uranium mines in Wyoming, Nebraska and Texas and a uranium...

        Contacts: Susan M Hall
        Date published: November 2, 2018
        Status: Active

        Gas Hydrates

        Central Energy Resources Science Center - Gas Hydrates Project Page

        Date published: October 16, 2018
        Status: Active

        Groundwater Models

        Groundwater is an important resource, but availability, quality, and sustainability during growth have become major concerns. Groundwater models are numerical representations that help hydrologists better understand groundwater systems. These models also provide tools for water managers. The Utah Water Science Center has groundwater models for many seperate areas in Utah as well as two...

        USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin collect a wide variety of natural resource data types including spatial, geologic, hydrologic, and biologic data. Data included in USGS-series publications that are not publically available in USGS databases are published in Data Releases. Tools are USGS products that can be used to analyze those types of data.

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        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for South-Central New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for South-Central New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

        Date published: December 6, 2018

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

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

        Date published: November 29, 2018

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

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

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Southwestern Wyoming Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Southwestern Wyoming Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Hanna, Laramie and Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

         Downloadable Data for Hanna, Laramie and Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin produce hundreds of USGS-series publications, journal papers, and books each year that are subject to rigorous review by USGS specialists. The publications shown below on this page are related to study areas and staff members of USGS Science Centers in Region 7 compiled from the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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        Incipient bed-movement and flood-frequency analysis using hydrophones to estimate flushing flows on the upper Colorado River, Colorado, 2019

        In 2019, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Group, studied the magnitude and recurrence interval of streamflow (discharge) needed to initiate bed movement of gravel-sized and finer sediment in a segment of the Colorado River in Colorado to better understand sediment movement and its...

        Kohn, Michael S.; Marineau, Mathieu D.; Hempel, Laura A.; McDonald, Richard R.
        Kohn, M.S., Marineau, M.D., Hempel, L.A., and McDonald, R.R., 2020, Incipient bed-movement and flood-frequency analysis using hydrophones to estimate flushing flows on the upper Colorado River, Colorado, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5069, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205069.

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        Calibration of the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model

        The U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model (NCM) is being developed to include spatially varying estimates of site response in seismic hazard assessments. Primary outputs of the NCM are continuous velocity and density profiles from the Earth’s surface to the mantle transition zone at 410-kilometer (km) depth for each location on a 1-km grid...

        Boyd, Oliver S.
        Boyd, O.S., 2020, Calibration of the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1052, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201052.

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        Recording the aurora borealis (northern lights) at seismometers across Alaska

        We examine three continuously recording data sets related to the aurora: all‐sky camera images, three‐component magnetometer data, and vertical‐component, broadband seismic data as part of the EarthScope project (2014 to present). Across Alaska there are six all‐sky cameras, 13 magnetometers, and >200">>200>200 ...

        Tape, C.; Ringler, Adam T.; Hampton, D.L.

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        Assessment of water and proppant quantities associated with petroleum production from the Eagle Ford Group, Gulf Coast, Texas, 2019

        Building on a geology-based assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable petroleum resources in the Eagle Ford Group in south Texas, the U.S. Geological Survey has estimated the required water and proppant demands and formation water production volumes associated with possible future development of these petroleum resources. The results of...

        Gianoutsos, Nicholas J.; Haines, Seth S.; Varela, Brian A.; Whidden, Katherine J.; Birdwell, Justin E.; Burke, Lauri A.; Drake, Ronald M.; Finn, Thomas M.; French, Katherine L.; Jenni, Karen E.; Kinney, Scott A.; Le, Phuong A.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Marra, Kristen R.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Paxton, Stanley T.; Pitman, Janet K.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Shaffer, Brian N.; Shorten, Chilisa M.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Woodall, Cheryl A.
        Gianoutsos, N.J., Haines, S.S., Varela, B.A., Whidden, K.J., Birdwell, J.E., Burke, L.A., Drake, R.M, II, Finn, T.M., French, K.L., Jenni, K.E., Kinney, S.A., Le, P.A., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Marra, K.R., Mercier, T.J., Paxton, S.T., Pitman, J.K., Schenk, C.J., Shaffer, B.N., Shorten, C.M., Tennyson, M.E., and Woodall, C.A., 2020, Assessment of water and proppant quantities associated with petroleum production from the Eagle Ford Group, Gulf Coast, Texas, 2019 :U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3037, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203037.

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        Geological and thermal control of the hydrothermal system in northern Yellowstone Lake: Inferences from high resolution magnetic surveys

        A multiscale magnetic survey of the northern basin of Yellowstone Lake was undertaken in 2016 as part of the Hydrothermal Dynamics of Yellowstone Lake Project (HD‐YLAKE)—a broad research effort to characterize the cause‐and‐effect relationships between geologic and environmental processes and hydrothermal activity on the lake floor. The magnetic...

        Bouligand, Claire; Tivey, Maurice A.; Finn, Carol A.; Morgan, Lisa A; Shanks, W. C. Pat; Sohn, Robert A.

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        Comparison of storm runoff models for a small watershed in an urban metropolitan area, Albuquerque, New Mexico

        In order to comply with a current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency watershed-based National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, the City of Albuquerque required a better understanding of the rainfall-runoff processes in its small urban watersheds. That requirement prompted the initiation of the assessment of three existing watershed...

        Shephard, Zachary M.; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.
        Shephard, Z.M., and Douglas-Mankin, K.R., 2020, Comparison of storm runoff models for a small watershed in an urban metropolitan area, Albuquerque, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5058, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205058.

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        Global quieting of high-frequency seismic noise due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures

        Human activity causes vibrations that propagate into the ground as high-frequency seismic waves. Measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread changes in human activity, leading to a months-long reduction in seismic noise of up to 50%. The 2020 seismic noise quiet period is the longest and most prominent global anthropogenic seismic...

        Lecocq, Thomas; Hicks, Stephen; Van Noten, Koen; van Wijk, Kasper; Koelemeijer, Paula; De Plaen, Raphael S.M.; Massin, Frederick; Hillers, Gregor; Anthony, Robert E.; Apoloner, Maria-Theresia; Arroyo-Solorzano, Mario; Assink, Jelle D.; Buyukakpinar, Pinar; Cannata, Andrea; Cannavo, Flavio; Carrasco, Sebastian; Caudron, Corentin; Chaves, Esteban J.; Cornwell, David G.; Craig, David; den Ouden, Oliver F.C.; Diaz, Jordi; Donner, Stefanie; Evangelidis, Christos P.; Evers, Laslo; Fauville, Benoit; Fernandez, Gonzalo A.; Giannopoulos, Dimitrios; Gibbons, Steven J.; Girona, Tarsilo; Grecu, Bogdan; Grunberg, Marc; Hetenyi, Gyorgy; Horleston, Anna; Inza, Adolfo; Irving, Jessica C.E.; Jamalreyhani, Mohammadreza; Kafka, Alan; Koymans, Mathijs R.; Labedz, Celeste; Larose, Eric; Lindsey, Nathaniel J.; McKinnon, Mika; Megies, Tobias; Miller, Meghan S.; Minarik, William G.; Moresi, Louis; Marquez-Ramirez, Victor H.; Mollhoff, Martin; Nesbitt, Ian; Niyogi, Shankho; Ojeda, Javier; Oth, Adrien; Proud, Simon; Pulli, Jay; Retailleau, Lise; Rintamaki, Annukka E.; Satriano, Claudio; Savage, Martha K.; Shani-Kamiel, Shanhar; Sleeman, Reinoud; Sokos, Efthimios; Stammler, Klaus; Stott, Alexander E.; Subedi, Shiba; Sorensen, Mathilde B.; Taira, Taka'aki; Tapia, Mar; Turhan, Faith; van der Pluijm, Ben; Vanstone, Mark; Vernge, Jerome; Vuorinen, Tommi A.T.; Warren, Tristram; Wassermann, Joachim; Xiao, Han

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        Linking land and sea through an ecological-economic model of coral reef recreation

        Coastal zones are popular recreational areas that substantially contribute to social welfare. Managers can use information about specific environmental features that people value, and how these might change under different management scenarios, to spatially target actions to areas of high current or potential value. We explored how snorkelers’...

        Oleson, Kirsten L. L.; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Fezzi, Carlo; Barnes, Megan; Donovan, Mary; Falinski, Kim A.; Gorospe, Kelvin; Htun, Hla; Lecky, Joey; Villa, Ferdinando; Wong, Tamara

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        Reconstructing the velocity and deformation of a rapid landslide using multiview video

        Noncontact measurements of spatially varied ground surface deformation during landslide motion can provide important constraints on landslide mechanics. Here, we present and test a new method for extracting measurements of rapid landslide surface displacement and velocity (accelerations of approximately 1 m/s2) using sequences of stereo...

        Rapstine, Thomas D; Rengers, Francis K.; Allstadt, Kate; Iverson, Richard M.; Smith, Joel B.; Obryk, Maciej; Logan, M.; Olsen, M. J.

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        Bellwether sites for evaluating changes in landslide frequency and magnitude in cryospheric mountainous terrain: A call for systematic, long-term observations to decipher the impact of climate change

        Permafrost and glaciers are being degraded by the warming effects of climate change. The impact that this degradation has on slope stability in mountainous terrain is the subject of ongoing research efforts. The relatively new availability of high-resolution (≤ 10 m) imagery with worldwide coverage and short (≤ 30 days) repeat...

        Coe, Jeffrey A.

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        Discharge and dissolved-solids characteristics and trends of Snake River above Jackson Lake at Flagg Ranch, Wyoming, 1986–2018

        The headwaters of the Snake River are in the mountains of northwestern Wyoming. Maintaining the recognized high quality of water in Grand Teton National Park is a National Park Service (NPS) priority. To characterize and understand the water resources of Grand Teton National Park, the NPS established a monitoring program to monitor the quality of...

        Miller, Olivia L.; Eddy-Miller, Cheryl A.
        Miller, O.L., and Eddy-Miller, C.A., 2020, Discharge and dissolved-solids characteristics and trends of Snake River above Jackson Lake at Flagg Ranch, Wyoming, 1986–2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5062, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205062.

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        Groundwater age and susceptibility of south Atlantic and Gulf Coast principal aquifers of the contiguous United States

        Groundwater susceptibility to contamination was investigated by using environmental tracer-based groundwater age metrics in the south Atlantic and Gulf Coast principal aquifer systems of the Southeastern Coastal Plain, Mississippi embayment–Texas coastal uplands, and the Coastal Lowlands. Samples of dissolved gas, tritium, sulfur hexafluoride,...

        Solder, John E.
        Solder, J.E., 2020, Groundwater age and susceptibility of south Atlantic and Gulf Coast principal aquifers of the contiguous United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5050, 46 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205050.

        Photos and videos described and linked on this webpage come from a wide variety of USGS science activities and presentations performed by USGS Science Center staff members in the Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin.

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        Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage
        January 4, 2018

        Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage

        Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage

        Unmanned Aerial System prior to takeoff
        December 31, 2017

        Unmanned Aerial System

        This small unmanned aerial system with digital camera has been used to create digital elevation models to answer questions about erosion, bridge scour, and other hydraulics analyses. 

        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

        Unmanned Aerial System takes images in Arizona
        December 31, 2017

        Unmanned Aerial System in Flight

        Small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) collecting digital photos to create digital elevation models. UAS are an increasingly important tool for monitoring, assessing, and conducting targeted scientific research for the nation.

        Close-up of dried, cracked soil with small plants trying to survive in this soil.
        December 31, 2017

        Dry, cracked soil (RAMPS)

        Rangelands of the desert Southwest can be in a degraded condition and lacking perennial vegetation, which can lead to exposed soil and erosion. RAMPS is working to mitigate degradation by increasing 

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        Lake Powell
        December 31, 2017

        Lake Powell

        The USGS Utah Water Science Center and the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted a collaborative geophysical research effort within Lake Powell, UT-AZ to map the bathymetry of the lake and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers.

        Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map
        December 31, 2017

        Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

        Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

        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.

        Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
        December 31, 2017

        Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts

        Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts. White efflorescent salts form on the soil surface as water evaporates from the soil leaving the salt at the surface. 

        Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to

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        Digital elevation model created by an Unmanned Aerial System
        December 31, 2017

        Digital Elevation Model Created by an Unmanned Aerial System

        This digital elevation model was created using structure from motion software mounted to an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to analyze bridge scour. Studies using UAS have included stream temperature analyses, bird and mammal surveys, coastal change mapping, sandbar habitat surveys, fluvial erosion rates, microclimate mapping, air quality analysis, plant stress assessment,

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        News items shown on this page are highlights of selected studies conducted and publications produced by USGS Science Center staff members in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin.

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        Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
        September 6, 2016

        A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows, for the first time ever, detailed habitat information on the entire range of a federally listed endangered bird allowing officials to take a scientific approach to helping protect the species.

        Seismometer
        August 25, 2016

        New research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado shows actions taken by drillers and regulators can lessen risk in the case of earthquakes likely caused by the injection of industrial wastewater deep underground.

        An American pika collects grass and flowers to stockpile its winter food supplies.
        August 25, 2016

        American pikas – small herbivores that typically live in rocky slopes, known as talus, across many mountain ranges in the American West – are disappearing from some locations across the West due to climate change, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and some of its partners.

        Photo of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah
        August 15, 2016

        Future groundwater replenishment in the Upper Colorado River Basin may benefit from projected increases in future basin-wide precipitation under current climate projections, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation.

        Upper Frijoles Canyon, Jemez Mountains, following the Las Conchas wildfire, New Mexico
        August 11, 2016

        A new interactive map and companion report from the U.S. Geological Survey allows residents living in and around New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains to see where they’re located in relation to postwildfire debris-flow hazards.

        3-D map of Big Thompson Watershed
        July 25, 2016

         

        Forty years ago on July 31, as Coloradoans and tourists celebrated the state’s centennial, between 12 and 14 inches of rain fell over a four-hour period in the mountains below the resort town of Estes Park, killing 143 people. The 1976 Big Thompson flood stands as the worst natural disaster in Colorado’s recorded history.

        This page includes links to Social Media accounts (top of page), Science Centers (middle of page), and Regional Office staff members (bottom of page) of the USGS Region 7--Upper Colorado Basin.

        USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin conduct a large number of cooperative, co-funded science and monitoring projects with many other Federal, Tribal, State, and local agencies. Please scroll below to see the agencies with which those Science Centers currently have cooperative agreements.

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