The Poudre Runs Through It

Gage The River

In Colorado, hydrologists, lawyers, the newspaper and others talk about streamflow in terms of cubic feet per second, or cfs for short. Yet the general public has little or no idea how to translate so many cfs into what they would see in the river when they fish or float or ride the bike trail.

We have now installed two river gages along the popular bike trail that make it abundantly clear how to visualize river flows real-time all year long. This was accomplished by many hours of volunteer time, as well as capable staff from the cities of Fort Collins and Windsor, and funding from the Poudre Heritage Alliance and the Bohemian Foundation.

For more technical information about our Gage the River project, which may help if you wish to start such a project on your river, please look here.