Mountain Ground Water Resource Study
In the summer of 1997, Jefferson County, Colorado and the United States Geological Survey embarked as partners on a four-year study of mountain ground water resources in the suburban foothills west of Denver. Under the guidance of an advisory team consisting of various local, state and federal representatives, the study’s purpose was to provide the county with a scientific basis for making land use decisions in the mountains.
- Water Resources Assessment of the Turkey Creek Watershed (pdf) Phase I Report Summary
- Turkey Creek Watershed Model (pdf)
- Hydrologic Conditions and Assessment of Water Resources in the Turkey Creek Watershed, Jefferson County, Colorado, 1998–2001, USGS [Full Report pdf] [Abstract pdf]
- Water Smarts: A homeowner’s Guide to Mountain Ground Water (pdf)
This guide focuses on ground water issues in the fractured bedrock environment typical of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Topics discussed include ground water hydrology, water quality, wells, septic systems, water rights, and lifestyle impacts. Practical advice for the homeowner appears in the form of tips, and questions and answers. [Water Cycle in a Fractured Rock Environment Poster pdf]
- Where Do Mountain Raindrops Go?
A collection of kids’ mountain ground water activities designed for students in grades four and five. This environmental education program includes materials for a group lesson or activity on ground water in a fractured rock environment. It can be used in a classroom, other group learning environment.
Teacher Version (pdf)
Kid Version (pdf)
Classroom Activity on Ground Water Movement (pdf)
Follow-up Activities (pdf)