Dolores River

January 10, 2016--Dolores River documentary premieres in Dolores (Cortez Journal)

A new documentary, “River of Sorrows: The Dolores Rivier Project,” has just been released. The Dolores River Boating Advocates (DRBA) was awarded a $12,000 grant from Patagonia for the River of Sorrows documentary, and Rig to Flip was hired for the job. In 2015, film crews traveled the Dolores from its headwaters at Lizard Head Pass to its confluence with the Colora


The Colorado River Desalination Plant

According to a High Country News article, the Paradox Valley in western Colorado was formed millions of years ago, when a huge dome of salt collapsed. Now, that salt remains and the waters of the Dolores River pick it up and carry it to the Colorado River, where it eventually degrades the water quality for downstream users. For nearly 50 years the Paradox Valley Unit, which is operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, has been treating the salt problem. According to the article, the unit treats nearly 200 gallons of brine every minute—this is seven times saltier than ocean water. The brine is then injected into a formation about 2.5 miles beneath the Earth’s surface. The formation, however, will eventually fill up rendering the unit useless. According to the HCN article, there are no obvious replacement options, and officials do not know how long they have left, but estimate 10 to 20 years. 


Interactive Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Workshop Maps

Beginning in 2012, the Water Information Program in conjuction with the Mountain Studies Institure and the San Juan Mountains Association began a series of two-day intensive teacher training workshops. Visit their websites to for an interactive workshop tour on the Animas, San Juan, and Dolores Rivers.


November 27, 2015--Groups help restore Dolores River (Durango Herald)

The Dolores River Boating Advocates are continuing their efforts to restore the health of the river below McPhee Dam.


October 12, 2015--The Colorado River’s desalination plant is on its last legs (High Country News)

The Paradox Valley in western Colorado got its name because the Dolores River bisects it, rather than running through it in the normal topographical fashion. The landscape is short on people, long on sagebrush and probably best known for the dramatic red cliffs that loom over travelers making the long drive from Telluride, Colorado, to Moab, Utah.


October 9, 2015--Are our headwaters at risk of a mine leak? (Cortez Journal)

The headwaters of the Dolores River share space with century-old mines similar to the Gold King mine that spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River this August. But the long-abandoned Argentine Mine Complex near Rico is receiving proper pollution controls to reduce the risk of such an accident, mining officials say. The St.


Robbins Urges Proactive Water Protection Legislation on the Dolores

According to a recent Cortez Journal article, David Robbins, a prominent Colorado water attorney, concluded that a proposed national conservation area on the Lower Dolores River is a good way to protect local water rights against perceived federal threats. Robbins analyzed and provided in a 14-page legal review, of the various federal risks to local water rights on the Lower Dolores River including a National Conservation Area (NCA), national monument, wilderness area, wild and scenic river, and the Endangered Species Act, plus others. “The challenge for (local counties) is not if additional federal land management actions will be proposed and occur, but when and in what form,” Robbins wrote.


September 30, 2015--Faces in the crowd: The lawyer (Cortez Journal)

David Robbins, a top Colorado water attorney, takes questions during a meeting about the federal proposals to protect the Lower Dolores River below McPhee dam. Robbins has completed a legal review on how federal actions would impact local water rights.


September 25, 2015--Keeping water in the Dolores (Telluride Watch)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board unanimously decided last week to seek an in-stream flow right on a stretch of the Dolores River. Advocates say the move, which will secure up to 900 cubic feet per second for the reach from the Dolores River’s confluence with the San Miguel River to a mile above Gateway, will protect the river and three sensitive species of fish that live there.&


September 21, 2015--State agrees to improve flows on Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

Colorado’s top water board agreed Tuesday to improve flows on the Lower Dolores River to boost the health of the river and its native fish. The Colorado Water Conservation Board will seek an in-stream flow right of up to 900 cubic feet per second on the Lower Dolores below its confluence with the San Miguel River. In-stream flows are designated by the board to preserve an


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