Channel migration of the White River in the eastern Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado

IMAP 1087

Prepared in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Water Rights



The White River is the largest stream in the southeastern part of the Uinta Basin in Utah and Colorado. This map shows the changes that have occurred in the location of the main channel of the river from 1936 to 1974. The map indicated that certain reaches of the river are subject to different rates of channel migration. Also shown is the boundary of the flood plain, which is mapped at the point of abrupt break in slope. This map documents the position of the river channel prior to any withdrawals of water or alteration of the flow characteristics of the white river that may occur in order to meet water requirements principally associated with the proposed oil-shale industry or other development in the area.

The channel locations were determined from aerial photographs taken at four different time periods for the following Federal agencies: In 1936, U.S. Soil Conservation Services; 1953, U.S. Corps of Engineers; 1965, U.S. Geological Survey; and in 1974, U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The 1936 delineation, which is actually based upon photographs that were taken in 1936 and 1937, was made by projection of the original photographs on a base map that was prepared from 1:24,000 scale topographic maps. The 1953, 1965, and 1974 delineations were produced from stereographic models. The 1965 delineation was compiled from photographs that were taken during 1962-65. The delineation is labeled as 1965 for simplicity, however, because the photographs for 1965 cover about 60 percent of the study read of the river, and because no changed were discernable in those areas of repetitive photographic coverage.

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USGS Numbered Series
Channel migration of the White River in the eastern Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado
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U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
1 Map: 33.95 x 39.64 Inches; Cover: 9.20 x 11.87 inches
United States
Colorado, Utah
Other Geospatial:
Uinta Basin, White River