State of the Poudre River: A River Health Assessment and Report Card

Location: Fort Collins, CO
Client: City of Fort Collins

The Otak team worked closely with the City of Fort Collins to create an applicable and accessible framework that provided an overview of the current state of health and function of the Poudre River and a useful tool to benchmark progress towards sustaining a healthy and resilient river system in the future. The 24-mile project reach was broken into four zones (canyon, rural, urban, and plains) and 99 subreaches and each reach was assessed using six key indicators. Otak led the geomorphic and hydrologic metric assessments/ analyses/reporting including peak flows, base flows, rate of change, river form, resilience, and structure.