Understanding Flows Through the Remnant Colorado River Delta: Recommendations for Streamgage Sites and Data Collection

Published: November 2005
Authors: Michael Cohen
Pages: 13


This white paper asserts that the current lack of data on the last 75 miles of the Colorado River hampers efforts to understand and preserve the river’s threatened final reach. The installation of streamgages at specific locations noted in the white paper, in conjunction with improved data collection and distribution, would dramatically improve understanding of the hydrology of the lower Colorado River. Additionally, installing new streamgages at specific points on the lower river would help efforts to restore emergent wetland and riparian habitats in the river delta. The paper notes that several existing diplomatic mechanisms could facilitate and expedite the placement and installation of such gages.