Dolores River

May 14, 2016--Chances drying up for rafting the Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

Though early indications had some river enthusiasts hopeful the lower Dolores River would have enough water for rafting for the first time since 2011, all signs now point to another year of a lonely river. “We’re real close to the ‘It ain’t going to happen’ stage right now,” said Mike Preston, general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy Distr


May 8, 2016--Dolores water district unveils $8 million in upgrades (Cortez Journal)

There’s a reason farmers with the Dolores Project get on-demand, pressurized irrigation water delivered to the edge of their fields. Five automated, high-tech pumping stations do the heavy lifting of pulling water from canals and pushing it through pipes to farms.


May 6, 2016--Forum explores new potential use of Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

A documentary screening about the Dolores River was followed by a lively forum about the issue of low flows below McPhee Dam. “River of Sorrows” was commissioned by the Dolores River Boating Advocates to highlight the plight of the Lower Dolores River. The new film, which is for sale on the DRBA website for $10, had several showings April 30 at the Sunflower Th


April 15, 2016--Dolores dispute (Telluride Daily Planet)

It’s an alphabet soup of acronyms: ACEC, NCA, BLM, SJCA. Beneath the dry crust of jargon lies an ongoing struggle between and among local stakeholders and federal agencies over the fate of the Dolores River.


Dolores River

In December, and in an effort to become a party to the case, the Colorado River and Southwestern Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) filed a statement of opposition against the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s (CWCB) recently established (last fall) minimum in-stream flow requirements on the lower Dolores River. In should be noted that there are several in-stream flows that already exist on the Dolores River that the SWCD does not oppose. They do, however, have specific concerns about one recent in-stream flow filing on the river.


April 13, 2016--Plan for Dolores rafting season drying up (Cortez Journal)

Like an injured wolf starving for a meal, the famed Snaggletooth Rapid below McPhee dam whimpers for a healing rush of water to once again show off its whitewater fangs. Its last feast of boaters crashed through the jagged Class IV rapids in 2011, so she’s hungry.


April 2, 2016--Lawsuit filed on Dolores River standard (Durango Herald)

The Southwestern Water Conservancy District has filed a legal challenge in water court against a new minimum flow requirement for the Lower Dolores River established by the state last year. In September, the Colorado Water Conservation Board agreed to establish minimum in-stream flows up to 900 cubic feet per second in spring on the Dolores River between the confluence of the San Miguel Ri


March 2, 2016--Lower Dolores River gets impaired status (Cortez Journal)

Colorado has listed 105 miles of the Dolores River between Slick Rock and the Utah state line as an impaired waterway because of high water temperature from chronic low flows. The Water Quality Control Commission of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment ruled on the river’s impairment status during a hearing in December. The section on the Lower Dolores River


March 1, 2016--Story of the Dolores: American whitewater’s work to restore flows to the River of Sorrows (Canoe & Kayak)

Since the late 1980s, when McPhee Dam started diverting the water out of the Dolores River in Colorado, it’s been a long haul to protect and restore this paddling gem of the Southwest.


January 21, 2016--Group forms to develop wildfire plan for McPhee Reservoir (Cortez Journal)

A new wildfire risk-assesment group has formed to minimize impacts on the upper Dolores River watershed and McPhee Reservoir. The goal is to identify valuable areas at high risk for damage due to wildfire, then develop and implement mitigation projects.


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