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The geomorphology of Fountain Creek:

Active monitoring offers insight to our ever-changing creek

 

Last updated 1/26/2021 at 3:02pm

Study Area 1's map layers show that the meander bend in this reach migrated toward the west and became more exaggerated between 2015 and 2019.

If you catch glimpses of Fountain Creek while driving, biking or walking along the creek, you know it tends to be relatively inactive. You might notice cloudy water due to suspended sediment, or you might spot new underwater sandbars. Most likely, you won't see major changes. But guess what? Fountain Creek is always changing.

Every year, Laura Hempel, PhD, and a team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists investigate how our creek is changing. Dr. Hempel is a hydrologist with the USGS's Colorado Water Science Center, located in Pueblo. She explains that fluvial geomorphology is the st...



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