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Fort Collins Utilities es una empresa proveedora de servicios públicos residenciales y comerciales con igualdad de oportunidad. No discriminamos en los términos, las condiciones o la provisión de servicios en base a raza, color, religión, sexo, discapacidad, estatus familiar o nacionalidad de origen.

Upper Poudre Watershed

  • Upper Poudre during spring runoff

  • Measuring streamflow on a North Fork tributary

The Upper Cache la Poudre (CLP) River Collaborative Water Quality Monitoring Program was initiated in 2008 as a cooperative effort between Fort Collins Utilities, the City of Greeley and the Tri-Districts. The monitoring report (PDF 3.7MB) contains a thorough program description.

The monitoring program consists of 11 sampling events conducted between April and November. Water quality samples are collected at nine sites on the main stem of the Poudre River, one site on the South Fork and nine sites on the North Fork, including Seaman Reservoir.

Water samples are analyzed by the Water Quality Lab for a total of up to 39 parameters (PDF 31KB). Program costs and field sampling responsibilities are equally shared by Utilities, City of Greeley and the Tri-Districts. Utilities staff evaluate and assess the data, prepare reports and manage the program.

The routine hydrologic and water quality data are assessed and summarized in reports on an annual basis. These annual reports also summarize significant events, regulatory issues, other issues of concern and special studies related to the Upper Poudre watershed. Annual reports are available for 2008 (PDF 1.1MB), 2009 (PDF 1.5MB), 2010 (PDF 4.9MB) and 2011 (PDF 8MB).

In addition, the 2013 five-year summary report (2008-2012) provides an in-depth review of trends in Upper CLP water quality and issues of concern to watershed health, including impacts of recent wildfires (PDF 2MB).