- South Platte River
The South Platte River is one of the two principal tributaries of the
Platte Riverand itself a major river of the American West, located in the U.S. states of Coloradoand Nebraska. It drains much of the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountainsin Colorado, as well as much of the populated region known as the Colorado Front Rangeand Eastern Plains. It forms the Platte at its confluence with the North Platte Riverin western Nebraska. The river serves as the principal source of water for eastern Colorado. Its valley along the foothills in Colorado has provided for agriculturein an area of the Colorado Piedmontand Great Plainsthat is otherwise arid. Its drainage basin also includes a portion of southeastern Wyomingin the vicinity of the city of Cheyenne.
The river is formed in
Park County, Coloradosouthwest of Denver in the South Park grassland basin by the confluence of the South Fork and Middle Fork, approximately 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Fairplay. Both forks rise along the eastern flank of the Mosquito Range, on the western side of South Park, which is drained by the tributaries at the headwaters of the river. From South Park, it passes through the Platte Canyon(sometimes called Waterton Canyon) approximately 50 miles in length, receiving the North Fork before emerging from the foothills southwest of the Denver suburb of Littleton, where it is impounded to form Chatfield Reservoir, a major source of drinking water for the Denver Metropolitan Area.
The river flows north through central Denver, which was founded along its banks at its confluence with Cherry Creek. The valley through Denver is highly industrialized, serving generally as the route for both the railroad lines, as well as
Interstate 25. On the north side of Denver it is joined somewhat inconspicuously by Clear Creek, which descends from the mountains to the west in a canyon that was the cradle of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. North of Denver it flows through the agricultural heartland of the Piedmont (a shaleregion that was formed through erosion by the ancestor of the river following the creation of the Rockies). It flows directly past the communities of Brighton and Fort Lupton, and is joined in succession by Saint Vrain Creek, the Little Thompson River, the Big Thompson River, and the Cache la Poudre River, which it receives just east of Greeley.
East of Greeley it turns eastward, flowing across the
Colorado Eastern Plains, past the towns of Fort Morgan and Brush, where it turns northeastward, flowing past the town of Sterling and into Nebraska near the town of Julesburg. In Nebraska, it passes south of the town of Ogallala and joins the North Platte near the town of North Platte, Nebraska.
The South Platte River through Denver is on the U.S. EPA's list of impaired waterbodies for pathogen impairment, with E. coli as the representative pathogen species.
List of Colorado rivers
List of Nebraska rivers
* [http://co.water.usgs.gov/nawqa/splt/ USGS: South Platte River Basin]
* [http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/wwa/archives/gis/hydro_data/platt.html University of Colorado: GIS Hydro Data for the South Platte]
* [http://www.denvergov.org/dephome.asp?depid=926 City of Denver: South Platte Initiative]
* [http://www.greenwayfoundation.org The Greenway Foundation]
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