Dolores River

January 13, 2014--Plans for Dolores River draw criticism (Cortez Journal)

Federal and state protection measures for the Lower Dolores River were sharply criticized by local officials Thursday during a regional water meeting in Cortez. But public land agencies and the Colorado Water Conservation board defended the decisions as part of their job to inventory special waterways and insure adequate flows on the river.


Kokanee Spawn this Year in Dolores River

A November Cortez Journal article reported that due to increased flows on the Dolores River from summer monsoon rains, the kokanee salmon had enough water to make their spawning run this year.


November 19, 2013--Drier climate invites invasive beetle (Cortez Journal)

A migrating bug is finding the pine trees and drier climate in Southwest Colorado more appetizing, a cause of concern for public land officials. The round mountain pine beetle has landed on a forested mesa above the Lower Dolores River Canyon, and is killing ponderosa pines, reports Derek Padilla district ranger for the San Juan National Forest.


November 5, 2013--Kokanee return to spawn in Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

Thanks to increased flows on the Dolores River from summer monsoon rains, the kokanee salmon had enough water to make their spawning run this year. Last year, there was no run because the lake was so low, explained Jim White, a aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


October 17, 2013--Flash flood shows sad state of Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

Tropical Storm Ivo brought just shy of 2 inches of rain to much of the Dolores River Basin near the end of August. The rain provided a dichotomous situation for the thirsty land of Southwest Colorado. Along with the welcome moisture came a flash flood on the Lower Dolores River in Slickrock Canyon.


Wild and Scenic Status for Lower Dolores River?

According to an early July Cortez Journal article, McPhee Reservoir managers are concerned that more sections on the lower Dolores River are becoming eligible for a national Wild and Scenic River status.

September 25, 2013--Rain helps replenish McPhee Reservoir (Cortez Journal)

Cortez’s rainfall in September of 2.74 inches has more than doubled the 30-year average, of 1.31 inches as of Monday, said National Weather Service observer Jim Andrus. “We’re still seeing the benefits of the monsoon season, and catching the edge of recent tropical storms in Mexico,” Andrus said.


August 29, 2013--Dolores takes a hard look upstream (Cortez Journal)

Dolores is drawing up a emergency action plan to handle potential pollution sources into the Dolores River. The watershed protection plan is a non-binding education effort designed to prevent risks to the region's water supply.


August 5, 2013--Flume fever: A monument to gold mining history is reconstructed (High Country News)

Picture a manmade water channel 10 miles long, able to carry up to 80 million gallons of water a day. Then consider what it would take to affix the lion's share of that wood and iron structure to the side of serpentine, vertical canyon walls, 100 feet off the ground, weaving through the desert in a remote part of southwestern Colorado -- a landscape as rugged as it is beautiful.


July 25, 2013--Boaters, fences do not mix (Cortez Journal)

During spring runoff on the upper Dolores River, boaters sometimes encounter fences strung across the channel, left over from summer and fall ranching activities. The fences are legally installed to keep cattle from wandering, and they are usually pulled to the side during higher water, which cows naturally avoid.


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