New CMU report reviews groundwater and streamflow studies
Friday, April 8, 2016 10:00 PM
A new report published by the Hutchins Water Center promises to be a valuable resource for those interested in the interactions between groundwater and streamflows in the region. Understanding these dynamics is essential for understanding how streamflows may respond to future climate conditions.
Riparian groundwater and baseflow studies in the Upper Colorado River Basin, written by Lindsay V. Reynolds of Colorado State University and Patrick B. Shafroth of the US Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center, reviews both whole-basin scale studies and studies of smaller areas. The Colorado River Headwaters, the Grand Mesa, and Utah’s Grand County are among the areas best-covered by studies of groundwater and streamflow interactions.
The report also reviews studies in watersheds adjacent to the Upper Colorado River Basin that offer insights relevant to groundwater and streamflow interactions within the basin. A study of the Saguache river basin, for example, suggests that recent precipitation contributes quickly to flow in springs, and that none of the springs sampled in that basin were 100% groundwater fed.
This report is the second in the Hutchins Water Center’s new scientific and technical report series. It is available at coloradomesa.edu/water-center/scientific-technical-reports.html.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations