Analysis of water quality in the Blue River watershed, Colorado, 1984 through 2007

Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5129
Prepared in cooperation with the Summit Water Quality Committee
By: , and 

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Abstract

Water quality of streams, reservoirs, and groundwater in the Blue River watershed in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado has been affected by local geologic conditions, historical hard-rock metal mining, and recent urban development. With these considerations, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Summit Water Quality Committee, conducted a study to compile historical water-quality data and assess water-quality conditions in the watershed. To assess water-quality conditions, stream data were primarily analyzed from October 1995 through December 2006, groundwater data from May 1996 through September 2004, and reservoir data from May 1984 through November 2007. Stream data for the Snake River, upper Blue River, and Tenmile Creek subwatersheds upstream from Dillon Reservoir and the lower Blue River watershed downstream from Dillon Reservoir were analyzed separately. (The complete abstract is provided in the report)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Analysis of water quality in the Blue River watershed, Colorado, 1984 through 2007
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2013-5129
DOI 10.3133/sir20135129
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Colorado Water Science Center
Description vii, 90 p.
Time Range Start 1984-01-01
Time Range End 2007-12-31
Country United States
State Colorado
Other Geospatial Blue River Watershed
Projection Universal Transverse Mercator projection
Online Only (Y/N) Y