Dolores River

July 17, 2013--A proposed alternative to ‘Wild and Scenic’ (Cortez Journal)

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) participated in a flyover of the lower Dolores River last week as part of a tour to discuss special legislation for the area. Public land including a 92-mile section of the river from McPhee Dam to the confluence with the San Miguel is being considered for a new National Conservation Area.

July 17, 2013--City water diversion official after decades (Cortez Journal)

Don’t be alarmed. It appears all is calm — with no more ripples — for a year-old City of Cortez water rights request to resolve an issue with generational roots dating back to an oversight early in the 1950s.

July 2, 2013--Lower Dolores a target for extra protections (Cortez Journal)

McPhee Reservoir managers are concerned that more sections on the lower Dolores River are becoming eligible for a national Wild and Scenic River status. Irrigation managers tend to cringe when they hear Wild and Scenic River talk downstream of their neighborhood, and the Dolores Water Conservancy Board is no exception.

June 11, 2013--Lawmaker starts cleaning uranium mines (Durango Herald)

State Rep. Don Coram is taking steps to clean up and shut down four uranium mines he owns, making him among the first uranium mine operators in Colorado to call it quits for now and restore the land to its pre-mined condition.

June 7, 2013--Old mines, today’s water Environmental agency cleans up Rico’s mineral legacy (Cortez Journal)

“We all live downstream,” as the saying goes, and that becomes more of a concern when abandoned mines are upstream, which is the case near the headwaters of the Dolores River. North of Rico along the river is the Rico-Argentine Mine complex, left over from gold and silver mining efforts in the 1930s and ’40s.

May 29, 2013--Governor signs conservation easement bills (Cortez Journal)

The Colorado governor showed some love for the southwest corner of his realm, visiting the Dolores River Valley Thursday to sign two bills related to extending tax credits for land conservation easements. Earlier in the day. Gov.

May 2, 2013--DWCD buys into hydropower study (Cortez Journal)

The Dolores Water Conservancy District took a small step this month toward determining whether a large hydroelectric plant could be built at Plateau Creek, a tributary of McPhee Reservoir.

April 16, 2013--Irrigators, rafters face bleak summer (Cortez Journal)

Area boaters have come to terms with the fact that another dry year has dashed any chance for rafting on the lower Dolores River this summer. But revised runoff forecasts and precipitation reports are predicting a situation for farmers and local fish populations that just keeps getting worse.

March 30, 2013--Parks & Wildlife prepare reclaim of Miramonte Reservoir (Cortez Journal)

Illegal stocking of smallmouth bass in Miramonte Reservoir will force Colorado Parks and Wildlife to partially drain the lake and treat it with an organic pesticide to kill all the fish early this fall. Restocking will occur shortly after the treatment is completed.

Local River Flows Lowest on Record

According to the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Animas River flows in November were the lowest in 102 years of record keeping at just 9,209 acre-feet (af). Rege Leach, Division engineer in Durango, indicated the second-lowest flows occurred in 1934 with 9,374 af.

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