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Base flow monitoring for stream temperature and intermittency at Baca National Wildlife Refuge


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McGee, B.N., 2020, Base flow monitoring for stream temperature and intermittency at Baca National Wildlife Refuge: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The Baca National Wildlife Refuge is located in the San Luis Valley of South-central Colorado on the western flank of the Sangre de Cristo massif, northwest of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Wildlife managers at the refuge are tasked with protecting two fish species of special concern, the Rio Grande Chub (Gila pandora) and the Rio Grande Sucker (Catostomus plebeius). The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected surface water data with Stream Temperature, Intermittency, and Conductivity (STIC) instruments deployed at the Baca NWR from 2016–2019. STIC instruments are unique for this type of investigation for the purpose of simultaneously collecting temperature data and an electrical resistance signal to determine the presence or [...]


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BacaNWR_Site_Details.csv 5.04 KB text/csv
BacaNWR_Crestone_Creek_Group_Data.csv 456.07 KB text/csv
BacaNWR_Willow_Creek_Group_Data.csv 118.11 KB text/csv
BacaNWR_Cottonwood_Creek_Group_Data.csv 94.3 KB text/csv
BacaNWR_STIC_Master_Table.xlsx 1.03 MB application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet


Data collected is to inform wildlife managers of base flow intermittency conditions and to assess the thermal regime of streams on the refuge. This data set also informs refuge managers of the thermal tolerances of these fish and or thermal habitat suitability of the streams across the refuge.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P98HEU7K

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