||Landscape Assessment: Upper South Platte Watershed.
||Foster-Wheeler Environmental Corp., Oak Ridge, TN.;Forest Service, Washington, DC.;Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins. State Forest Service.;Denver Water Board, CO.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
Water quality ;
Aquatic life ;
Natural resources management ;
Soil erosion ;
Upper South Platte Watershed
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The intent of this Assessment is to study ecological processes and develop recommendations to restore and maintain the health of the Upper South Platte Watershed. The Upper South Platte Watershed provides the City of Denver with 70 percent of its drinking water supply. The Watershed was identified by the Colorado Unified Watershed Assessment (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and USDA NRCS) as a critical watershed in need of restoration because it is not meeting clean water and other natural goals. This landscape assessment is a first step in a larger restoration project. The goal for the assessment is to identify and prioritize restoration opportunities that can be used to plan management of the watershed's resources. Because forest vegetation appears to not be in a sustainable condition in some portions of the Upper South Platte Watershed, the landscape assessment will focus on identifying areas where forest vegetation restoration opportunities exist. The next step is to recommend restoration to maintain or restore watershed functions, particularly to reduce the extent and intensity of disturbances such as the Buffalo Creek fire and to strengthen the resilience of the watershed if such events should occur.