Adjustment of Mountain Stream Channels to Flow Regime Alteration, Preliminary Analysis

by Thomas A. Wesche, Univ of Wyoming, United States,
Quentin D. Skinner, Univ of Wyoming, United States,
Steven W. Wolff, Univ of Wyoming, United States,
Victor R. Hasfurther, Univ of Wyoming, United States,

Abstract: One aspect of instream flow regimes being actively debated is the need for channel maintenance of flushing flows. However, little quantitative information exists as to how different types of channels, particularly higher elevation, mountain stream systems, respond to changes in the flow regime resulting from water development activities. This paper discusses the effect flow diversion has had on higher elevation stream systems located in Wyoming and Colorado.

Subject Headings: Channel flow | Stream channels | Streamflow | Mountains | Water flow | River flow | Instream flow | Maintenance | North America | Colorado | United States | Wyoming

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