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Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

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Map of Region 7:  Upper Colorado 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: December 15, 2015
Status: Active

Lower Gunnison River Basin Groundwater Selenium

The east side of the Uncompahgre River Basin has been a known contributor of dissolved selenium to recipient streams. Discharge of groundwater containing dissolved selenium contributes to surface-water selenium concentrations and loads; however, the groundwater system on the east side of the Uncompahgre River Basin is not well characterized. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the...

Date published: November 1, 2015
Status: Active

StreamStats for Colorado

StreamStats is a map based Web application that provides information that can be used by engineers, managers, and planners to make informed decisions on water-related activities.  The map-based user interface can be used to delineate drainage areas, get basin characteristics and estimates of flow statistics.  StreamStats allows for the analysis of upstream and downstream relations along...

Contacts: Tara A Gross
Date published: August 26, 2015
Status: Active

Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative Streamgage Database and Network Analysis

Within the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC), streamflow information is needed for a wide variety of hydrologic conditions to understand streamflow in the context of ecological services, water availability and use, or water quality.

Contacts: Suzanne Paschke
Date published: July 15, 2015
Status: Active

Precipitation and Streamgage Flood Warning System

Rainfall amounts associated with the September 2013 Colorado Floods exceeded 15 inches in some locations and resulted in significant flooding along the Front Range (Hydrometeorological Design Studies Center, 2013). These events resulted in streamflows that compromised a variety of transportation structures such as bridges and culverts and roadways.

By coupling the National Oceanic and...

Contacts: John W Fulton
Date published: July 1, 2015
Status: Completed

Lower Gunnison River Basin - Gunnison River Synoptic

In response to the need for more information about selenium (Se) sources and transport, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, completed a study that characterized Se loads in a reach of the Gunnison River between Delta and Grand Junction, Colo.

This study identifies where possible dissolved Se loading is occurring in a study reach in the...

Date published: July 1, 2015
Status: Active

Selenium on Sediment in Lower Gunnison River Basin Critical Habitat

The Gunnison Basin Selenium Management Program (SMP) implemented a water-quality monitoring network in 2011 in the lower Gunnison River Basin in Colorado. Selenium (Se) is a trace element that bioaccumulates in aquatic food chains and can cause reproductive failure, deformities, and other harmful effects.

The dissolved concentration of selenium in the water column is not necessarily a...

Date published: June 25, 2015
Status: Completed

Potentiometric Surfaces and Groundwater-Level Changes

In the past, groundwater pumped from the Santa Fe Group aquifer system was the principal source of water for the Albuquerque metropolitan area of central New Mexico. The large quantity of groundwater pumping relative to recharge resulted in substantial drawdown in the aquifer system. In 2008 the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority began diverting water from the San Juan-Chama...

Date published: June 25, 2015
Status: Active

Changes in Watershed Hydrologic Response Time with Post-wildfire Changes in Vegetation and Surface Fuels Along a Severely-burned, High-desert Canyon, Bandelier National Monument, NM

Flash flooding can be a destructive and life-threatening response of watersheds to intense rainfall events, particularly in sparsely­ vegetated, or burned watersheds. Studies have been conducted to estimate the magnitude of hydrologic responses of burned watersheds to rainfall events, however the time that it takes a flood to travel through a burned watershed and reach a critical or populated...

Contacts: Anne C Tillery
Date published: June 23, 2015
Status: Active

NMWSC Groundwater Data Program

Historic and current groundwater data may be used to help guide water management in New Mexico. Groundwater levels measured by the USGS provide the public, State, and Federal agencies, and cooperators with reliable and impartial information. 

Date published: June 23, 2015
Status: Completed

Post-Wildfire Investigation: Analysis of Soil Properties Based on Burn Severity

The Las Conchas fire started on June 26, 2011, near the small community of Las Conchas in the Jemez Mountains of north-central New Mexico. When the fire was contained on August 3, 2011, it had burned 156,593 acres of mixed conifer, pinyon/juniper and ponderosa forest and at the time was the largest wildfire in New Mexico history. Peak burn severity was extreme; over 60,000 acres of the total...

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Date published: June 13, 2015
Status: Active

Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP)

Transboundary aquifers are an essential source of water for United States – Mexico border communities. Declining water levels, deteriorating water quality, and increasing use of groundwater resources on both sides of the border raise concerns about the long-term availability of this supply.

The U.S. – Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Act (Public Law 109-448) of 2006 was enacted...

Date published: June 6, 2015
Status: Active

Water Resource Assessment of the Rio San Jose Basin, West-Central New Mexico

Water resources in the Rio San Jose Basin are limited, and development for public supply, mining, agriculture, and commercial activities have the potential to affect the water availability and quality at a basin-wide scale. This study is designed to provide water-resource managers with better information to plan for potential effects of increased or shifting demands and changes of climatic...

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: January 1, 2007

Hydrographic Areas Within the Basin and Range Carbonate-Rock Aquifer System, White Pine County, Nevada and Adjacent Areas in Nevada and Utah

This data set consists of sub delineations of the hydrographic area (HA) boundaries and polygons drawn at 1:1,000,000 scale for the Great Basin supplemented by information from HA drawn at 1:750,000 scale where necessary. See the process steps for more information.

Date published: August 20, 2004

Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB): Loch Vale Data

The chemistry of streams and lakes have been monitored in Loch Vale since 1983. Changes in stream and lake chemistry have been traced to variations in climate and atmospheric deposition of pollutants. Samples are collected throughout the year in Loch Vale. This provides information on seasonal variations in stream and lake chemistry.

Date published: May 23, 2002

Identifying Changes in Background Water-Quality Conditions, Arkansas River and Fountain Creek, near Pueblo, Colorado

Web based application to compare, on a real-time basis, estimated dissolved-solids concentration and load as a as a surrogate for water-quality condition in the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek near Pueblo, CO and determine whether future water-quality conditions are significantly different from background conditions.

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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Hydrogeologic and geochemical characterization of groundwater resources in Pine and Wah Wah Valleys, Iron, Beaver, and Millard Counties, Utah

Pine and Wah Wah Valleys are neighboring structural basins that encompass about 1,330 square miles in Beaver, Iron, and Millard Counties in Utah, approximately 50 miles northwest of Cedar City, Utah, and 50 miles southeast of Baker, Nevada. Perennial streamflow is limited and only exists in higher-altitude reaches of small mountain streams in both...

Gardner, Philip M.; Marston, Thomas M.; Buto, Susan G.; Brooks, Lynette E.
Gardner, P.M., Marston, T.M., Buto, S.G., and Brooks, L.E., 2020, Hydrogeologic and geochemical characterization of groundwater resources in Pine and Wah Wah Valleys, Iron, Beaver, and Millard Counties, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5139, 49 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195139.

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Towards understanding relationships between atmospheric pressure variations and long-period horizontal seismic data: A case study

Variations in atmospheric pressure have long been known to introduce noise in long-period (>10 s) seismic records. This noise can overwhelm signals of interest such as normal modes and surface waves. Generally, this noise is most pronounced on the horizontal components where it arises due to tilting of the seismometer in response to...

Alejandro, Alexis Casondra Bianca; Ringler, Adam T.; Wilson, David C.; Anthony, Robert E.; Moore, S.V.

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Mapping the 3-D extent of the Stillwater Complex, Montana—Implications for potential platinum group element exploration and development

Geophysical models characterize the exposed and interpreted buried extent of the Stillwater Complex, critical for understanding the origin of the layered mafic intrusion and its associated high-grade platinum group element resources. The 3D models, constrained by gravity, magnetic, xenolith, seismic, borehole, and rock property data indicate that...

Finn, Carol A.; Zientek, Michael L.; Parks, Heather L.; Peterson, Dana Elise

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Causes of land change in the U.S. Interior Highlands, 2001–2011

The causes of land change from 2001 through 2011 for the Interior Highlands region of the south-central United States were assessed using satellite imagery, historical land-use and land-cover data, and digital orthophotos. The study was designed to develop improved regional land-use and land-cover change information, including identification of...

Drummond, Mark A.; Stier, Michael P.; McBeth, Jamie L.; Auch, Roger F.; Taylor, Janis L.; Riegle, Jodi L.
Drummond, M.A., Stier, M.P., McBeth, J.L., Auch, R.F., Taylor, J.L., and Riegle, J.L., 2020, Causes of land change in the U.S. Interior Highlands, 2001–2011: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1127, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1127.

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International geoscience collaboration to support critical mineral discovery

The importance of critical minerals and the need to expand and diversify critical mineral supply chains has been endorsed by the Federal governments of Australia, Canada, and the United States. The geoscience organizations of Geoscience Australia, the Geological Survey of Canada and the U.S. Geological Survey have created the Critical Minerals...

Kelley, K.D., 2020, International geoscience collaboration to support critical mineral discovery: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3035, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203035.

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The grass is not always greener on the other side: Seasonal reversal of vegetation greenness in aspect-driven semiarid ecosystems

Our current understanding of semiarid ecosystems is that they tend to display higher vegetation greenness on polar-facing slopes (PFS) than on equatorial-facing slopes (EFS). However, recent studies have argued that higher vegetation greenness can occur on EFS during part of the year. To assess whether this seasonal reversal of aspect-driven...

Kumari, Nikul; Saco, Patricia M.; Rodriguez, Jose F.; Johnstone, Samuel A.; Srivastava, Ankur; Chun, Kwok P.; Yetemen, Omer

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Deep Learning as a tool to forecast hydrologic response for landslide-prone hillslopes

Empirical thresholds for landslide warning systems have benefitted from the incorporation of soil‐hydrologic monitoring data, but the mechanistic basis for their predictive capabilities is limited. Although physically based hydrologic models can accurately simulate changes in soil moisture and pore pressure that promote landslides, their utility...

Orland, Elijah; Roering, Joshua J.; Thomas, Matthew A.; Mirus, Benjamin B.

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Human behavioral response in the Ridgecrest earthquakes: Assessing immediate actions based on data from “Did You Feel It?”

Human behavioral response to earthquake ground motion has long been a subject of multidisciplinary interest and research. In most versions of seismic intensity scales, human perceptions and behavior are one component of the assignment of intensity. Public health research has shown that actions taken during earthquakes have a significant impact on...

Goltz, James D.; Park, Hyejeong; Quitoriano, Vince; Wald, David J.

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Structure contour and overburden maps of the Niobrara interval of the Upper Cretaceous Cody Shale in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming and Montana

The Bighorn Basin is a large intermontane sedimentary and structural basin that formed during the Laramide orogeny. The first commercial hydrocarbon production in the Bighorn Basin was established in 1906 from Cretaceous reservoirs at Garland field followed by the discovery of Greybull field in 1907.  Since then, many important conventional...

Finn, Thomas M.
Finn, T.M., 2020, Structure contour and overburden maps of the Niobrara interval of the Upper Cretaceous Cody Shale in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming and Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3457, scale 1:500,000, 2 sheets, 9 p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3457.

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Dating silica sinter (geyserite): A cautionary tale

We describe a new effort to date hydrothermal silica sinter deposits (geyserite) from the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park using 14C of co-deposited organic matter, U-series and cosmogenic 10Be methods. A majority of the samples were collected from stratigraphic sections, mainly at Riverside, Giant, and Castle Geysers. Ages obtained...

Churchill, Dakota M.; Manga, Michael; Hurwitz, Shaul; Peek, Sara; Licciardi, Joseph; Paces, James

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U-Pb geochronology of igneous and detrital zircon samples from the Tok River area, eastern Alaska Range, and Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

This Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) Raw Data File presents U-Pb zircon geochronology results from selected igneous, meta-igneous, and metasedimentary rocks collected during the Tok River and Wrangellia geologic mapping projects in the eastern Alaska Range and the northwestern Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska. The purpose...

Holm-Denoma, Christopher S.; Sicard, Karri R.; Twelker, Evan

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The Great Acceleration of fragrances and PAHs archived in an ice core from Elbrus, Caucasus

The Great Acceleration of the anthropogenic impact on the Earth system is marked by the ubiquitous distribution of anthropogenic materials throughout the global environment, including technofossils, radionuclides and the exponential increases of methane and carbon dioxide concentrations. However, personal care products as direct tracers of human...

Vecchiato, Marco; Gambaro, Andrea; Kehrwald, Natalie; Ginot, Patrick; Kutuzov, Stanislav; Mikhalenko, Vladimir; Barbante, Carlo

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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Image: 2015 Great Salt Lake Breach at Lakeside, Utah
November 9, 2015

2015 Great Salt Lake Breach at Lakeside, Utah

For the first time since it was opened in 1984, water has stopped flowing through the Great Salt Lake causeway breach, an area that allows water to travel between the southern and northern parts of the lake.

Image: Great Salt Lake Breach at Lakeside, Utah
November 9, 2015

Great Salt Lake Breach at Lakeside, Utah

A gage to measure lake water levels stands dry in the lake bed of the Great Salt Lake. For the first time since it was opened in 1984, water has stopped flowing through the Great Salt Lake causeway breach, an area that allows water to travel between the southern and northern parts of the lake.

Measuring streamflow of the Green River near LaBarge
October 30, 2015

Measuring streamflow of the Green River near LaBarge

Measuring streamflow of the Green River near LaBarge

Collecting a QW sample on Muddy Creek near Tomsich Butte, eastern Utah.
October 28, 2015

Sampling on Muddy Creek

Collecting a QW sample on Muddy Creek near Tomsich Butte, eastern Utah.

Measuring streamflow of New Fork River
October 22, 2015

Measuring streamflow of New Fork River

Measuring streamflow of New Fork River

October 21, 2015

What's the Big Idea? — Creating Cleaner Energy from Coal

Elliott Barnhart, a hydrologist with the USGS Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, describes his work developing what could be a cleaner way to develop coal.

USGS scientist makes ADCP measurement from canoe where the Bear River enters Great Salt Lake
October 7, 2015

Great Salt Lake ADCP measurement at Bear River Bay causeway bridge

USGS scientist makes ADCP measurement from canoe where the Bear River enters Great Salt Lake

Making an ADCP measurement on the Bear River below Alexander Reservoir, Idaho
September 29, 2015

Bear River below Alexander Reservoir, Idaho

Making an ADCP measurement on the Bear River below Alexander Reservoir, Idaho

USGS scientist on Great Salt Lake beach
September 28, 2015

Great Salt Lake beach

USGS scientist on Great Salt Lake beach 

Great Salt Lake, declining water level
September 28, 2015

Great Salt Lake, declining water level

Great Salt Lake, declining water level

USGS gage house (stilling well) on Lake Fork above Moon Lake
September 23, 2015

Lake Fork above Moon Lake

Stilling well on Lake Fork above Moon Lake that is used to measure stream stage, and ultimately amount of water entering Moon Lake, on the south slope of the Uintas.

Measuring discharge at 06324970
September 18, 2015

Measuring discharge at 06324970

Measuring discharge at 06324970

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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October 25, 2005

Today, the USGS released The State of the Colorado River Ecosystem in Grand Canyon, a comprehensive report that details the impacts of the operation of Glen Canyon Dam and other management actions on downstream resources within Grand Canyon National Park.

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October 14, 2005

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Michelle Walvoord will be honored as the 2005 Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science at the annual Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 15. Walvoord, who resides in Golden, is a Research Hydrologist at the USGS National Research Program in Lakewood.

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October 14, 2005

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Michelle Walvoord will be honored as the 2005 Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science at the annual Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 15. Walvoord, who resides in Golden, is a Research Hydrologist at the USGS National Research Program in Lakewood.

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October 4, 2005

The USGS announced today the start of the public-private competition that will determine current and future functions; and the number of personnel required by the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) at the Denver Federal Center, an all government campus, located in Lakewood, Colo.

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September 15, 2005

The USGS announced today (Sept. 15, 2005) that the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be located in the city of Denver. The NGTOC will consolidate the functions and operations currently performed in four USGS mapping centers (Menlo Park, Calif.; Rolla, Mo.; Denver, Colo.; and Reston, Va.) and other distributed sites to one location.

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September 15, 2005

The USGS announced today (Sept. 15, 2005) that the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be located in the city of Denver. The NGTOC will consolidate the functions and operations currently performed in four USGS mapping centers (Menlo Park, Calif.; Rolla, Mo.; Denver, Colo.; and Reston, Va.) and other distributed sites to one location.

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August 1, 2005

In its latest report on water use in the United States, the USGS looked at the nation's dependence on ground water. The report entitled Estimated Withdrawals from Principal Aquifers in the United States, 2000, provides details of ground-water withdrawals and use from principal aquifers in each state.

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May 23, 2005

The USGS’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC), under the auspices of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program, will conduct scientific overflights in Grand Canyon National Park over Memorial Day weekend.

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April 29, 2005

Reston, VA – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) today released the first ever comprehensive and systematic review of the 169 U.S. volcanoes and established a framework for a National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS) which calls for a 24-hour seven-day-a-week Volcano Watch Office and enhanced instrumentation and monitoring at targeted volcanoes.

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April 8, 2005

Another Great Earthquake in the Indian Ocean, but What About the Tsunami?

Steam Explosions, Earthquakes, and Volcanic Eruptions--What’s in Yellowstone’s Future?

Radio-Monitored Salmon Shed Light on Snake River for Water Managers

Itching to Know More About America’s Modern Gold Rush?

Hazards and Cooperation Spawn New Uses for Geospatial Information

 

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April 5, 2005

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are presenting science about our changing world at the 2005 Association of American Geographers conference, April 5-9, in Denver, Colo. Changes to the landscape of the Front Range of Colorado, changes to the way American cities look, and changes to the water, land use, and land cover of our Nation are topics USGS scientists will discuss. 

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April 5, 2005

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are presenting science about our changing world at the 2005 Association of American Geographers conference, April 5-9, in Denver, Colo.

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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