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DRAFT - Upper Colorado River Basin Resource Guide: Landmark Studies & Recent Publications

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Aspects of the Yampa River Flow Regime Essential for Maintenance of Native Fishes, Final Report submitted to the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Western Resource Advocates. Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Larval Fish Laboratory Contribution 181, 2015 Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/WRD/NRR—2015/962. Kevin R. Bestgen, 2015.

Water-Quality Assessment and Macroinvertebrate Data for the Upper 
Yampa River Watershed, Colorado, 1975 through 2009
Bauch, N.J, et al, Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5214,
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, 2012.

Millennialā€Length Records of Streamflow From Three Major Upper Colorado River Tributaries
Gray, Stephen T., Jeffrey J. Lukas, and Connie A. Woodhouse. (2011).   JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, vol. 47, No.4.  pp. 702-712.  doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2011.00535.x

Streamflow gain-loss characteristics of Elkhead Creek downstream from Elkhead Reservoir near Craig, Colorado, 2009
Ruddy, Barbara C.  (2010). USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2010-519.8,14p.  Report Number: SIR 2010-5198.  Open Access Full Text Available:


Morphodynamic Response of the Unregulated Yampa River at Deerlodge to the 2011 Flood. Wheaton, J. M., Scott, M., Perkins, D., & DeMeurichy, K. (2011, December).   In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 1, p. 0696)


Protecting the Free-Flowing Yampa River from Powerful Industries (CO) Fey, Nathan.  (Jan/Feb 2010).  American Whitewater, V. 50, No. 1.  P. 13

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Abstract: The article focuses on the efforts to protect the Yampa River in Colorado from prominent industries. The author reports that the free-flowing Yampa River is in the center of a three-way struggle between oil and gas interests, clean water for cities, and conservation advocates. The Shell Oil Company has filed for the rights to divert a significant amount of water from the Yampa which would be stored in a massive reservoir for future oil shale mining.


Yampa River Basincomparison of 2011–12 water years and historical water-quality data

White River Basin -comparison of 2011–12 water years and historical water-quality data

Source: USGS, Colorado Water Science Center