Know Your Streamflow: The importance of tracking peak flows


In 2023, the Uncompahgre River reached its annual peak flow above Ridgway Reservoir on June 7 at 1:15 a.m. (and again at 2:15 a.m.). Last year’s peak flow was 930 cubic feet per second (cfs)….

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Know Your Watershed: How streamflow relates to minerals and sediment concentrations  


A stream like the Uncompahgre River transports many substances as it flows through a variety of geologic, land use, vegetation, and urban areas. The substances include suspended bits of soil and rock, organic material, nutrients,…

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Know Your Watershed: How Flooding and Landslides Affect Streamflow


Streamflow is the volume of water flowing past a certain point on a waterway at any given time of day. Heavy rains and snowmelt can produce runoff at a rate that exceeds the drainage capacity…

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Know Your Watershed: Air Temperature and its Impact on Streamflow


Precipitation in the form of snowfall plays the dominant role in year-to-year streamflow variability in the Uncompahgre River Watershed, but air temperature also has a significant impact. In the spring, the air temperature rises, snowmelt…

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