Context

  • Study background. The setting, collaborations, and the comparison basis for assessing water temperature and quality.

  • Regulatory environment. Relevant Colorado regulations, although this is about habitat health, not regulatory compliance.

  • Outstanding waters. Streams or reaches designated by Colorado as Outstanding Waters.

  • Reasonable expectations. What concentrations of metals can be anticipated from contact with geologic material?

  • Working group. A working group's process and plans for protecting study area streams.

  • Instream flow program. Streams enrolled in Colorado's Instream Flow Program.

  • Beaver dam analog. Potential simulation of beaver activity to enhance stream recharge.

  • Plan, LRMP, Forest Service. The U.S. Forest Service's Land and Resource Management Plan that applies for the study area.

  • Range allotments. Streams that drain active and inactive range allotments.

  • Limiting factor. Water temperature as a limiting factor in trout habitat health.

  • Drought conditions. Evidence of 2018 drought conditions ongoing during water temperature monitoring.

  • Post-fire debris. The greatest ongoing danger to stream habitat, damage from post-fire debris flows resulting from wildfires.

Example: Drought effect on Taylor

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