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Stakeholders & Resource Managers

Boulder Creek CZO works with federal and local agencies to enable science that can serve resource management decision-making.

Our field sites in the Colorado Front Range lie within lands managed by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, the City of Boulder, and the US Forest Service.  Research on water quality, wildfire impacts, and slope stability has implications for land managers.

Betasso Treatment Plant

Sheila Murphy’s research on water quality following the Fourmile Canyon wildfire led to recognition of storms in affecting water quality for years after a fire.   Murphy, SF, Writer, JH, McClesky, RB, and Martin, DA (2015): The role of precipitation type, intensity, and spatial distribution in source water quality after wildfire.  Environmental Research Letters 10: 1-13, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084007.

Suzanne Anderson spoke in the Boulder County Flood Seminar Series on Sept 15, 2014, at Lyons Middle/Senior High School.  Her presentation was titled  “Flood landscape:  The physical geography of the Front Range and the 2013 storm”.

Suzanne Anderson gave a presentation to rangers and managers at Boulder County Parks and Open Space on March 12, 2013.  Her presentation was titled “Boulder Creek CZO:  Project goals and work in Betasso Open Space”.


Boulder creek catastrophic flooding

September 12th 2013. Wettest day on record.

Prior to Wednesday, the single wettest day on record was July 31, 1919, when 4.80 inches of rain were recorded, according to Bob Henson, a science writer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. (Daily Camera POSTED:   09/12/2013 04:54:28 AM MDT)

Sept 17 pictures of Stream gauge at Lower Gordon Gulch added.

Sept 18 pictures of Stream gauge at Lower Gordon Gulch added.


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