Center for Colorado River Studies

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The Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University is a nexus for innovative research, teaching, and outreach that informs management of the Colorado River and other major rivers of the American Southwest. We undertake critical studies that inform how different parts of the Colorado River and its tributaries can be effectively managed, train future researchers and managers who will be responsible for tomorrow's Colorado River, and provide education and training to stakeholders to support informed and focused decision making. Because the water available to restore the Colorado River ecosystem is increasingly limited, we are especially interested in research and outreach to inform the very difficult decisions about priority locations and actions that provide the best opportunity for significant restoration success.

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Potential for Novel Cottonwood Forests in Grand Canyon

In the Colorado River basin, dewatered rivers are often portrayed as an ecological problem unique to the Lower Basin. But while the dry riverbed of the mainstem Colorado in its delta in northern Mexico may be the most striking example of anthropogenic dew...