Natural Rivers, Urban Streams, and Working Waterways - Using Context to Inform Restoration

Presented by Andrew Earles, Ph.D., PE, CPESC, D.WRE & Natalie Phares, CFM, HIT

As a headwaters state, Colorado is blessed with many rivers and streams that are fed by the melting snow pack of the Rocky Mountains. In the mountains and foothills, there are Gold Medal trout waters that support a diverse ecological system; there are major rivers such as the South Platte and Colorado; and there are many ephemeral streams on the eastern plains. When conducting planning or design for improvements along river corridors in Colorado, it is important to understand the character of the stream and hydrologic, physical, and chemical factors that affect the natural processes supported by the stream corridor. When working in the stream, one must consider its context in the overall watershed. This presentation uses three case studies to illustrate these concepts.
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Andrew Earles, Ph.D., PE, CPESC, D.WRE

Vice President of Water Resources

Wright Water Engineers

Dr. Andrew Earles is a Vice President with Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE), a consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. Andrew has a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and MS and PhD engineering degrees from the University of Virginia. Andrew has worked for WWE for 18 years on projects related to hydrology, hydraulics, and erosion and sediment control. Andrew has assisted many public and private clients with projects involving work in waterways, from permitting to temporary diversion design to compliance during construction.

Natalie Phares, CFM, HIT

Water Resources Scientist

Wright Water Engineers

Ms. Phares is a Water Resources Scientist at Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE), a consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. She has a BS in Biological Science and an MS in Water Resources Science from the University of California Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager and a Hydrologist-In-Training. Natalie has worked for WWE for 2 years on projects related to hydrology, hydraulics, wetland delineation, and water quality. She is passionate about findings ways to both protect and live among healthy rivers and streams.