Upper Colorado Headwaters
Wildfire/Watershed Assessment

Project Summary

The watershed assessment and prioritization for the Upper Colorado Headwaters Watershed was one of the first completed. The assessment followed a procedure prescribed by the Front Range Watershed Protection Data Refinement Work Group titled “Protecting Critical Watersheds in Colorado from Wildfire: A Technical Approach to Watershed Assessment and Prioritization”. See the Watershed Wildfire Protection Group for more information.

The Upper Colorado Headwaters Watershed Assessment identifies, prioritizes, and recommends measures to protect those watersheds that provide or convey critical community water supplies from the adverse effects of post-wildfire hydrologic changes, including flooding, erosion, debris flows, and deposition. The report and related documents can be found below in the Documents section. A slide show of the maps from the report can be viewed below in the Maps section.

Since the completion of the initial assessment in September 2009, the Bark Beetle Incident assessments were completed. Those assessments provided updated assessment analysis that has changed the priorities from those displayed in the 2009 report. 

The stakeholder group was reconvened in 2013 to revise and update the assessment. 


The maps in the slide show below are from the Upper Colorado Headwaters Wildfire/Watershed Assessment. Click on the slide show to view the priority maps. The legend text identifies the ranking item. Descriptions of the maps and how they were created are contained in the report located in the Documents section.