2021 CSU Earth Day Festival

Poudre River Trivia

1. When did the Cache la Poudre River get its name and what does it mean?

2. How many miles long is the Poudre River?

3. What is the change in elevation of the Poudre River from origin to end?

4. What are the sources of water in the Poudre River?

5. What is the average annual volume of water that flows down the Mainstem Poudre River?

6. What major river does the Poudre River flow into?

7. Who are the top two water diverters from the Poudre River?

8. Name one reservoir on the Mainstem or North Fork of the Poudre River.

9. Name three crops grown in the Poudre River Basin.

10. What events initiated the removal of indigenous people from the banks of the Poudre River?

11. What national designations does the Poudre River have?

12. What are potential sources of nutrients in the Poudre River?

13. Name one impact of elevated nutrients in the Poudre Watershed?

Trivia Answers

  1. 1836 and “hide the powder”
  2. 125 Miles
  3. Approximately 7,000 feet
  4. Native water from snowmelt (65%), Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) Project (25%), other transbasin supplies (10%)
  5. Approximately 236,349 acre-feet
  6. South Platte River
  7. Agriculture, Municipal/Industrial
  8. Chambers Lake, Long Draw Reservoir, Joe Wright Reservoir, Worster Reservoir, Halligan Reservoir, Seaman Reservoir
  9. Alfalfa, Beans, Beets, Corn, Grains
  10. The discovery of gold (1859) and the Homestead Act (1862)
  11. National Wild and Scenic River (1986) and National Heritage Area (1996)
  12. Animal waste, leaking septic systems, wastewater treatment plants, fertilizer and urban run-off, soil erosion, atmospheric deposition
  13. Algal growth such as cyanobacteria blooms, which can change the taste/odor of drinking water; impacts to aquatic species