Watershed Management in 1985

by Charles F. Leaf,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Management in the Eighties


Today's technology in subalpine watershed management is based on carefully designed watershed experiments beginning with Wagon Wheel Gap in 1909. Subsequent advances in process hydrology led to the development of existing computerized watershed models and handbook procedures which allow quantification of hydrologic impacts ranging from timber cutting to weather modification. Currently, subalpine watershed management technology is being used in short-term streamflow forecasting, environmental impact assessment, and water rights. This paper presents a brief overview of 'Rocky Mountain Subalpine Watershed Management in 1985'. It highlights benchmark research beginning with the first experimental watersheds in 1909 to the present time. It discusses some innovative concepts developed in the 1960's, watershed model development in the 1970's and finally, some interesting applications of this technology in the 1980's.

Subject Headings: Watersheds | Hydrologic models | Snow | Water resources | Hydraulic design | Hydrology | Streamflow | Forecasting | Rocky Mountains

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