Grad student monitors Portland Creek as part of master’s project

John Hammond and Abby Eurich install stream monitoring equipment in the bed of Portland Creek. Eurich is studying the combined effects of snow and land cover change in mountain watersheds for her master’s degree in watershed science.

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by Mary Menz

Water from Colorado serves 19 states, and Colorado’s population alone is expected to nearly double from 4.3 million (2000) to 7.2 million in 2030. With 80 percent of the water supply coming from snowfall, it makes sense that today’s watershed scientists are looking to better manage and estimate water supplies that drain from the mountains.
That’s what native Coloradan Abby Eurich is doing. Eurich is a graduate student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, but the work she’s doing for her master’s degree in...

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