Faculty & Staff Profile

Chester Watson, Civil & Env

Dr. Chester C Watson

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Office Location: 375 E. Horsetooth, Bldg 5 Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970)481-8256
Email: chester@chestercwatson.com

Dr. Chester C Watson

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Dr. Chester C Watson

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Dr. Chester C Watson

Biosketch

Dr. Watson has practical experience as an engineer working in coal-fired steam generation electric power plants, as a utilities construction manager, in the design and survey for major river projects such as docks, pipeline crossings, mined land reclamation, and channel stabilization measures. He conducted approximately 25 floodplain information and flood insurance studies for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA. He was also in charge of numerous Hydrologic, Hydraulic, and Geomorphic studies for the Vicksburg, Mobile, Sacramento, and Memphis Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Watson has been a reviewer of mine reclamation plans for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, specializing in hydraulic and geomorphologic related hazards. He is presently Principal Investigator for research projects involving erosional stability of watershed and stream systems, effectiveness of manufactured stream stabilization products, and river and stream restoration projects.
Technically, his emphasis has been on the analysis of watershed and channel system instability. He has given seminars to personnel of the Soil Conservation Service and Corps of Engineers incorporating geomorphic and hydraulic concepts. He has co-authored text books and has written chapters for other texts. Dr. Watson has conducted the geomorphology portions of the Waterways Experiment Station channel stabilization seminar, channel rehabilitation seminars for the U.S. EPA, and stream bank stabilization for IECA. He is involved in a major research effort for Waterways Experiment Station, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop methods for rehabilitation of streams that have been destabilized due to land-use change and channelization. This project, the Demonstration Erosion Control project, is a long-term, comprehensive effort to control erosion and channel degradation. Numerous full-channel grade control structure, side-channel drop pipes, riprap bank stabilization, and bioengineering projects have been constructed. Dr. Watson is in charge of a group that intensively monitors the performance of the constructed features and the response of the channel to the emplaced features. Working with Waterways Experiment Station personnel and other participating groups, Dr. Watson has developed design, monitoring, and evaluation tools for channel stabilization. He is also presently participating in the development and testing of procedures that will include physical habitat features as a component of the channel stabilization design. This research is on-going.
Other research includes development of guidelines for channel rehabilitation that will improve habitat value and maximize the natural reaeration capacity of the stream. Based on the natural reaeration capacity of the streams, Dr. Watson has conducted intensive physical model simulation of weir overfalls that could be used to improve the water quality of streams. Mathematical modeling has also been applied to assess the effect of using a stable channel morphology to improve a stream that was degraded by gravel dredging.
Dr. Watson’s primary teaching emphasis at Colorado State University is in Environmental River Mechanics (CE413). Research activities have provided funding for numerous graduate students. During the past five years, he has been Principal Investigator for an average in excess of $500,000 annually as contract and grants for CSU. Dr. Watson is a member of the Larimer County Floodplain Review Board as a volunteer service to the community.

Dr. Chester C Watson

Publications

  Refereed Journal Articles Top
30 Watson, C.C., Biedenharn, D.S, and Bledsoe, B.P. (2002). Use of Incised Channel Evolution Models in Understanding Rehabilitation Alternatives. J. American Water Resources Association, Vol. 38, No. 1, February, pp. 151-160. 2002
29 Bledsoe, B.P., Watson, C.C., and Biedenharn, D.S (2002). Quantification of Incised Channel Evolution and Equilibrium. J. American Water Resources Association, Vol. 38, No. 3, June, pp. 861-870. 2002
28 Buhman, D.L., Gates, T.K., and Watson, C.C. (2002). Stochastic Variability of Fluvial Hydraulic Geometry: Mississippi and Red Rivers. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 128, No. 4, April, pp. 426-437. 2002
27 Watson, C.C., and Thornton, C.I. (2002). Book review of Applying Geomorphology to Environmental Management (Edited by Anthony, D.J., Harvey, M.D., Laronne, J.B., and Mosley, M.P.). J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 128, No. 11, pp. 1034-1036. 2002
26 Bledsoe, B.P., and Watson, C.C. (2001). Logistic Analysis of Channel Pattern Thresholds: Meandering, Braiding, and Incising. Geomorphology, Vol. 38, pp. 281-300. 2001
25 Bledsoe, B.P., and Watson, C.C. (2001). Effects of Urbanization on Channel Instability. J. American Water Resources Association, Vol. 37, No. 2, April, pp. 255-270. 2001
24 Watson, C.C., Biedenharn, D.S, and Bledsoe, B.P. (2001). Hydrologic Response in Incised Channels. Submitted to the J. American Water Resources Association, July. 2001
23 Biedenharn, D.S., Thorne, C.R., Soar, P.J., Hey, R.D., and Watson, C.C. (2001). Effective Discharge Calculation Guide. International J. Sediment Research, IRTCES, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 445-459. 2001
22 Biedenharn, D.S., Thorne, C.R., Soar, P.J., Hey, R.D., and Watson, C.C. (2000). Practical Guide to Effective Discharge Calculation. Submitted to J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, June. 2000
21 Biedenharn, D.S., Thorne, C.R., and Watson, C.C. (2000). Recent Morphological Evolution of the Lower Mississippi River. Geomophology, Vol. 34, pp. 227-249. 2000
20 Johnson, B.E., Julien, P.Y., Molnar, D.K., and Watson, C.C. (2000). The Two-Dimensional Upland Erosional Model CASC2D-SED. J.Am. Water Resources Association, Vol. 36, No. 1, February, pp. 31-42. 2000
19 Bledsoe, B.P., and Watson, C.C. (2000). Relationships Between Incision, Braiding, Regime Shifts, and Stream Power in Sand Bed Channels. Submitted to the J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, June. 2000
18 Watson, C.C. ASCE Task Committee on Hydraulics, Bank Mechanics, and Modeling of River Width Adjustment (1999). River Width Adjustment. I: Processes and Mechanisms. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 124, No. 9, September, pp. 881-902. (Member of Task Committee). 1999
17 Watson, C.C., Walters, R.W., and Hogan, S.A. (1999). Closure of Aeration Performance Testing of Low Drop Weirs. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 125, No.6, June, pp. 667-668. 1999
16 Watson, C.C.and Biedenharn, D.S. (1999). Discussion of Characterization of Stream Meanders for Stream Restoration. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 125, No. 2, February, pp. 216. 1999
15 Watson, C.C. ASCE Task Committee on Hydraulics, Bank Mechanics, and Modeling of River Width Adjustment (1999). River Width Adjustment. II: Modeling. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 124, No. 9, September, pp. 903-917. (Member of Task Committee). 1999
14 Watson, C.C., Walters, R.W., and Hogan, S.A., (1998). Aeration Performance Testing of Low Drop Weirs. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 124, No. 1, January, pp. 65-71. 1998
13 Gessler, D., Gessler, J., and Watson, C.C. (1998). Prediction of Discontinuity in State-Discharge Rating Curves. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol.124, No. 3, March, pp. 243-252. 1998
12 Watson, C.C., Abt, S.R., and Derrick, D. (1997). Willow Post Bank Stabilizaiton. J. American Water Resources Association, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 293-300. 1997
11 Biedenharn, D.S., and Watson, C.C. (1997). Stage Adjustment in the Lower Mississippi River, USA. Regulated Rivers: Research and Management, Vol.13, No. 6, January, pp. 517-536. 1997
10 Peters, M.R., Abt, S.R., Watson, C.C., Fischenich, J.C., and Nestler, J.M. (1995). Assessment of Restored Riverine Habitat Using RCHARC. Water Resources Bulletin, AWRA, Vol. 31, No. 4, August, pp. 745-752. 1995
9 Milhous, R.T., Hogan, S.A., Abt, S.R., and Watson, C.C. (1995). Sampling Riverbed Material: The Barrel Sampler. Rivers, Vol. 5, No. 4, October, pp. 239-249. 1995
8 Watson, C.C. (1995). Strategic Planning for Higher Education. J. Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Vol. 121, No. 3, July, pp. 187-190. 1995
7 Abt, S.R., Hamilton, G.B., Watson, C.C., and Smith, J. (1994). RipRap Sizing for Modified Ars-Type Basin. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 120, No. 2, pp. 260-267. 1994
6 Johns, D.D., Abt, S.R., Watson, C.C., and Combs, P.G. (1993). Riprap Sizing for the Ars-Type Low Drop Stilling Basin. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 119, No. 8, August, pp.938-948. 1993
5 Abt, S.R., Peterson, M.R., Watson, C.C., and Hogan, S.A. (1992). Analysis of the Ars Low Drop Grade Control Structure. J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 118, No. 10, October, pp. 1424-1434. 1992
4 Harvey, M.D., and Watson, C.C. (1988). Channel Response to Grade-Control Structures on Muddy Creek, Mississippi. Regulated Rivers; Research and Management, Vol.2, pp. 79-92. 1988
3 Harvey, M.D., Watson, C.C., and Schumm, S.A. (1986). Fluvial Processes and Morphological Thresholds in Incised Channel Restoration. Water Resources Bulletin, AWRA, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 359-368. Reprinted In: Engineering Considerations in Small Stream Management (Jackson, W. L., Ed.), AWRA Monograph Series, No. 6. 1986
2 Harvey, M.D., Watson, C.C., and Schumm, S.A. (1982). A Geomorphic Approach to Channel Rehabiliation. Geological Society of America (Abs.), Vol. 15, No. 7, pp. 592. 1982
1 Harvey, M.D., Watson, C.C., and Schumm, S.A. (1982). The Utility of Geomorphic Studies in Incised Channel Rehabilitation. J. Soil and Water Conservation. 1982
 

Faculty & Staff Profile

CEE Vlachos

Evan C. Vlachos

Emeritus Professor
Department of Sociology

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Office Location: Clark B240
Phone: (970) 491-6089
Fax: (970) 491-2191
Email: evlachos@engr.colostate.edu

Evan C. Vlachos

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Evan C. Vlachos

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Evan C. Vlachos

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Evan C. Vlachos

Biosketch

Dr. Vlachos has over 40 years of experience in university teaching and administration, applied research, and consulting. He has worked on a variety of projects nationally and abroad on aspects of urban planning, water resources planning and management, forecasting and futurism, technology assessment and demography.

Between 1979-1984, Dr. Vlachos served as Director of the Environmental Resources Center at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado where he is also Professor of Sociology and Civil Engineering and Associate Director of the International School for Water Resources. He has served as Member and Chairman of the Environmental Advisory Board, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1982-1987. Between 1993 and 2000 he also served as member and chairman of the Advisory Panel on Environmental and Earth S&T in NATO, Brussels . He is also a consultant to the Water Division of UNESCO (Urban Water Conflicts). His current work includes funded research on integrated water resources planning and management in Greece, Portugal and various countries in the Middle East.

The author of a large number of books, monographs and articles on water, demography and futurism, Dr. Vlachos holds an LL.B. from the School of Law, Athens, Greece (1959), an M.A. in Sociology (Indiana University, 1962), and a Ph.D. in Sociology (Indiana University, 1964).