Description: The South Platte River headwaters are located within the Colorado Mosquito Mountain Range. This river travels 380 miles throughout the state before moving towards Nebraska. Diatoms have not been studied on the South Platte River, potentially due to the river’s many water diversions making ecological sampling difficult and unpredictable. The South Platte River has approximately 10,000 diversions on the river or on smaller tributaries that feed the river for different water usage. These diversions cause difficult hydrological uniformity within the South Platte River. I will be presenting on a proposal to study diatoms within the South Platte River from Denver to Platteville, Colorado.

Audience: General scientific audience with interest on diatoms and phytoplankton involving urban/suburban limnology, ecology, hydrology, sampling procedures, and human impacts.