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Abstract

The Boulder Creek Watershed, within the Front Range region of Colorado, istypical of many western watersheds because it is composed of a high-gradient upperreach mostly fed by snowmelt, a substantial change in gradient at the range front, andan urban corridor within the lower gradient section. A stream ecosystem within anurban landscape not only can provide water for municipal, industrial, and agriculturalneeds, but also can be utilized for recreation, esthetic enjoyment, and wastewaterdisposal. The purpose of this 26 km bicycle field trip is to explore the hydrology andgeochemistry of Boulder and South Boulder Creeks and to discuss topics includingflood frequency and hazards, aqueous geochemistry of the watershed, and potentialimpacts of invasive species and emerging contaminants on stream ecology.

Keywords: Colorado Front Range, flood hazard, water quality, invasive species

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