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,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century


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: Streamflow | Stream channels | Channel flow | Mountains | River flow | Water flow | Hydraulics | Instream flow | Colorado | Wyoming | United States

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