Elevation and Elevation-Change Maps of Fountain Creek, Southeastern Colorado, 2015–19

Scientific Investigations Map 3456
Prepared in cooperation with Colorado Springs Utilities



The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Colorado Springs Utilities, has been collecting topographic data at 10 study areas along Fountain Creek, Colorado, annually since 2012. The 10 study areas are located between Colorado Springs and the terminus of Fountain Creek at the Arkansas River in Pueblo. The purpose of this report is to present elevation maps based on topographic surveys collected in 2015 and 2019 and to present maps of elevation change that occurred between 2015 and 2019 at all 10 study areas. Elevation and elevation-change maps were developed in ArcGIS from topographic surveys collected at each study area using real-time kinematic Global Navigation Satellite Systems during the winter months (January through April) of 2015 and 2019. Elevation-change maps were created using statistically defined minimum levels of change detection asso-ciated with the 68-percent confidence limit and the 95-percent confidence limit. Study areas along Fountain Creek underwent a range of geomorphic responses between 2015 and 2019 that often depended on the dominant channel pattern of the study area. The results of this ongoing monitoring effort can be used to assess long-term changes in land-surface elevation and to advance understanding of the geomorphic response to possible alterations in flow conditions on Fountain Creek.

Suggested Citation

Hempel, L., 2020, Elevation and elevation-change maps of Fountain Creek, southeastern Colorado, 2015–19: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3456, 10 sheets, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3456.

ISSN: 2329-132X (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Study Area
  • Methods
  • Elevation-Change Maps and Geomorphic Changes
  • Summary
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Elevation and elevation-change maps of Fountain Creek, southeastern Colorado, 2015–19
Series title Scientific Investigations Map
Series number 3456
DOI 10.3133/sim3456
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Colorado Water Science Center
Description Report: vi, 9 p.; 11 Sheets: 12.20 x 13.45 inches or smaller; Read Me; Data Release
Country United States
State Colorado
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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