Denver Trout Unlimited establishes pilot sites:
Full Year Water Temperature Monitoring for the Denver South Platte
- The Denver South Platte has only one public data permanent site, a USGS station in Englewood recording full-year water temperature. Pueblo has 4 sites.
- New inexpensive sensors have memory and battery capacities to capture temperature data every hour for a full year.
- Long term continuous temperature monitoring is essential to determine:
- Thermally suitable fish habitats in the Denver South Platte.
- The temperature effects of the in-stream projects and riparian improvements.
- The impact of stormwater on stream temperature.
- Data will be shared with and/or posted to:
- Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council
- Colorado Data Sharing Network
- EPA Water Quality Exchange
- US Forest Service & USGS Rocky Mountain Research Station
- Six Temperature Sensor sites will be picked with input from Denver Parks& Rec, Colorado Parks & Wildlife biologists, Urban Drainage and Flood Control, Colorado Trout Unlimited, Riverwatch, and Denver Trout Unlimited.
- Temperature Sensor data will be collected and posted every 6 months during low water periods.
- We will use the same QA/QC standards and operation protocols that are used by the 5,800 full year sites in the US and Canada.
Trout Unlimited Protocol – http://www.tu.org/sites/default/files/water-temperature-monitoring-v3-final.pdf
US Forest Service Protocol – http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/44251
Existing full year stream temperature sites: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/boise/AWAE/projects/stream_temp/maps.html
Colorado USGS Flow and Temperature Sites real-time:
Can the Denver South Platte River surpass the fine fishery of the Pueblo Arkansas River?