Water Quality Initiatives
Understanding water quality in our lakes, reservoirs and rivers is critically important. Degraded water quality can affect aquatic habitat that can become unfit to support healthy fish populations. Monitoring the quality of source water supplies is also essential to ensure that our drinking water is safe to use. In Colorado, we also, rely heavily on our lakes, reservoirs, and rivers for recreation. Contamination of waters can pose serious public health hazards.
Northern Water carries out extensive monitoring on both sides of the Continental Divide to assess water quality and to understand what affects it and how it can be remediated when issues of concern arise. Long-term and on-going water quality monitoring is used to:
- Identify changes in water quality spatially and over time
- Assess compliance with federal and state regulations
- Provide context in the event of natural disasters like wildfires, floods or a spill that can drastically impact watersheds and alter water quality
- Evaluate possible changes in water quality associated with new water projects such as the Windy Gap Firming Project and the Northern Integrated Supply Project
- Support modeling efforts and detailed studies and assessments
Northern Water’s water quality monitoring activities include several programs on both the East and West Slope of the Continental Divide. Some of the monitoring programs span the entire C-BT and Windy Gap projects, other programs are more site-specific and focused on localized water quality concerns.
Three Lakes/Grand Lake Clarity
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Watershed and Forest Health