Economic impacts and analysis methods of extreme precipitation estimates for eastern Colorado
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Dams are designed to store water and to insure human safety and as such they must withstand, in their lifetimes, any extreme precipitation event in their drainage basin. Correct estimation of this event is critical because on one hand it must provide an adequate level of safety to not occur, but it must not be any greater than needed since the high costs of dam construction and modifications are directly related to the magnitude of the estimated extreme event. Most frequently the extreme precipitation event is labeled as the Probable Maximum Precipitation, or PMP. National and state concerns ...