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Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project

Infrastructure resources are the basic physical materials needed to support the development, maintenance, and growth of a society. Natural aggregate for construction, energy for fuel, and water for domestic and commercial use are primary infrastructure resources. In 1996, the U.S. Geological Survey Director initiated a 5-year study to develop methods for assessing infrastructure resources and to characterize the location, distribution, and quality of the infrastructure resources of a part of the Colorado Front Range urban corridor between Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado. The Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project (FRIRP) has completed its primary task and gone on to identify geosocietal and environmental factors that influence the availability of these resources as well. Making informed decisions requires access to critical data and an understanding of the social and economic implications of possible decision scenarios. The Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project has prepared technical reports characterizing the infrastructure resources in the project area and digital datasets showing the location and distribution of resources that are suitable for analysis using modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Products

Arbogast, B.F., Arnold, L.R., Fishman, N.S., Langer, W.H., Mladinich, C.S, Roelle, J.E., and Wilburn, D.R., 2002, Planning for the Conservation and Development of Infrastructure Resources in Urban Areas--Colorado Front Range Urban Corridor, in Knepper, D. H., Jr., ed., U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1219, 32 p. Available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/2002/c1219/.

Fishman, N.S., Evans, J.M., Olmstead, R.J., and Langer, W.H., 2000, 3-D image of urban areas and mountains of the northern Front Range, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2750-A, version 1.1., 4 p. Available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/2000/i-2750-a/.

Fishman, N.S., Woodward, C.L., and Langer, W.H., 1999, Influence of the oil and gas production infrastructure on land use in the Front Range of Colorado [abs.], in Proceedings of the U.S. Geological Survey Front Range Infrastructure Resource Project Stakeholder's Meeting, November 4, 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-0001, p. 10-13. Available online at http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/ofr/ofr991.

Knepper, D.H., Jr., 2001, Annotated bibliography of the U.S. Geological Survey Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project, 1996-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-302, 25 p. Available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2001/ofr-01-0302/.

Langer, W.H., Fishman, N.S., Knepper, D.H. Jr., Lindsey, D.A., Mladinich, C.S., Nealey, L.D., Robson, S.G., Roelle, J.E., and Wilburn, D.R., 1999, The Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project; an overview, in Proceedings of the U.S. Geological Survey Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project Stakeholder's Meeting, November 4, 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-0001, p. 2-3. Available online at http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/ofr/ofr991.

Livo, K.E., and Watson, Ken, 2002, Analysis of MASTER Thermal Data in the Greeley Area of the Front Range Urban Corridor, Colorad—Delineation of Sites for Infrastructure Resource Characterization: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2196, 16 p. Available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/b2196/.

U.S. Geological Survey, 1998, Proceedings of the U.S. Geological Survey Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project stakeholder's Meeting, 4 November 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-1, 42 p. Available online at http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/ofr/ofr991.

U.S. Geological Survey, 1998, Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project—Aggregate Resources Activities: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 119-98, 4 p. Available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-0119-98/.

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