Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District contracted the US Geological Survey (USGS) Colorado Water Science Center to assess the effectiveness of various management strategies for attenuating peak flows and reducing erosion and depositional side effects of anthropogenic-induced sediment transport. The study began in October 2010 and concluded in December 2013.

The study was composed of three phases:

  1. evaluate the accuracy and determine the spatial and temporal adequacy of historical precipitation data,
  2. update and calibrate the Fountain Creek and Monument Creek precipitation run-off model (HJEC-HMS) and sediment transport model (HEC-RAS) for scenario testing, and
  3. collect and analyze suspended-sediment samples for storm events using the existing sediment samplers.

The phased approach allowed for studying various size storm flows and sediment loads. The project included three deliverables:

  1. delivery of the calibrated models to the cooperator(s),
  2. training on how to use the models, and
  3. a Scientific Investigations Report (SIR).

Link to the final study - USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5019, Remediation Scenarios for Attenuating Peak Flows and Reducing Sediment Transport in Fountain Creek, Colorado, 2013.

Link to other USGS publications on Fountain Creek.