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Water Resources of Colorado

Water Resources Data, Colorado, Water Year
2002--Volume 1. Missouri River Basin, Arkansas River Basin, and Rio Grande Basin

by R.M. Crowfoot, W.F. Payne, and G.B. O’Neill

Available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161, USGS Water-Data Report CO-02-1, 609 p., 2 figs.

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Water-resources data for Colorado for the 2002 water year consist of records of stage, discharge, and water quality of streams; stage, contents, and water quality of lakes and reservoirs; meteorological data; and water levels and water quality of wells and springs. This report (Volumes 1 and 2) contains discharge records for 319 gaging stations, stage and contents of 16 lakes and reservoirs, discharge measurements for 1 partial-record low-flow station and 1 miscellaneous site, peak-flow information for 22 crest-stage partial-record stations; water quality for 118 gaging stations and for 8 lakes and reservoirs, supplemental water quality for 183 gaged sites; water quality for 65 miscellaneous sites and 14 observation wells; water levels for 2 observation wells, and meteorological data for 57 sites. Three pertinent stations operated by bordering States also are included in this report. The records were collected and computed by the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey under the direction of W.F. Horak, District Chief. These data represent that part of the National Water Data System collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and cooperating State and Federal agencies.

Table of Contents


List of surface-water stations, in downstream order, for which records are published in this volume



Special networks and programs

Explanation of the records

Station identification numbers

Downstream order system

Latitude-longitude system

System for numbering wells, springs, and miscellaneous sites

Records of stage and water discharge

Data collection and computation

Data presentation

Station manuscript

Data table of daily mean values

Statistics of monthly mean data

Summary statistics

Identifying estimated daily discharge

Accuracy of the records

Other records available

Records of surface-water quality

Accuracy of the records

Classification of records

Arrangement of records

Onsite measurements and sample collection

Water temperature


Miscellaneous water-quality data

Laboratory measurements

Water-quality data reporting convention

Data presentation

Remark codes

Records of ground-water quality

Data collection and computation

Data presentation

Access to USGS water data

Definition of terms

Selected references

List of discontinued surface-water discharge or stage-only stations

List of discontinued surface-water-quality stations

Publications on techniques of water-resources investigations

Station records, surface water

Transmountain diversions from Colorado River Basin in Colorado that are no longer published

Discharge at partial-record stations and miscellaneous sites

Crest-stage partial-record stations

Special study and miscellaneous sites

Precipitation data at miscellaneous sites

Precipitation data at sites on Fort Carson Military Reservation

Precipitation data at sites on Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site

Supplemental water-quality data for gaging stations

Miscellaneous water-quality data

Big Thompson Project

Drought Synoptic Sampling

Quality of ground-water in El Paso County


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