Planned biological monitoring and habitat restoration oversight in the Upper Colorado River

Windy Gap Research Consolidated.pdf

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Title

Planned biological monitoring and habitat restoration oversight in the Upper Colorado River

Description

The upper Colorado River is an iconic drainage in Colorado that has been severely impacted by impoundments and reduced flows. Trans-basin and local water use divert approximately 67% of the flow of the upper Colorado River and future projects will deplete flows further. There are ongoing discussions on how to implement mitigation measures to reduce the impact of increased trans-basin water diversions. One component is to reduce effects of the diversions by taking Windy Gap Reservoir off channel and constructing a bypass around the reservoir. This would reconnect the river and ameliorate various impacts of a large, on channel impoundment but would not reduce the impacts of water withdrawals from the system. The planned bypass channel offers a unique opportunity to evaluate the effects reconnecting the river through the reservoir as well as investigate mitigation measures to offset the impacts of large water diversions on the ecology of the river. The objectives of these projects are to evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation measures in restoring and improving the ecological function of the upper Colorado River.

Creator

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Subject

Habitat restoration
Biological monitoring
Upper Colorado River
Windy Gap Reservoir

Extent

4 pages

Date Created

2020

Type

Text

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Collection

Citation

Colorado Parks and Wildlife , “Planned biological monitoring and habitat restoration oversight in the Upper Colorado River,” CPW Digital Collections, accessed August 11, 2022, https://cpw.cvlcollections.org/items/show/353.