Dolores River

December 18, 2012--Bleak water levels for Dolores River, McPhee (Cortez Journal)

The Dolores River looks a bit low this year, along with McPhee Reservoir, but things have been worse. The Dolores River is flowing at around 20 cubic feet per second. But it has been lower, said Mike Preston, manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District. Preston estimated that it's at the third lowest level ever.

December 7, 2012--Nov.’s Animas flow lowest on record (Durango Herald)

It’s no wonder the Animas River looks like a trickle. The total flow in the Animas through Durango during November was 9,209 acre-feet, the lowest in 102 years of records, Rege Leach, the state Division of Water Resources engineer in Durango, said Thursday. The second-lowest flow in the Animas was in 1934, when 9,374 acre-feet flowed through Durango, Leach said.

December 1, 2012--Drought impacts salmon run (Cortez Journal)

Withered crops and steep hay prices. Underwhelmed river guides. Overworked firefighters. Neighborhood visits from hungry, foraging bears. Drought conditions have thrown the rhythms and daily routines off kilter for many Colorado subgroups in 2012, including aquatic species.

October 31, 2012--Water 2012 visits Southwest Basin (Alamosa News)

Southwestern Colorado’s rivers are unique in that many of the rivers and tributaries flow from north to south and are administered as independent river systems. This is due to the fact that many, such as the Navajo, Blanco, Piedra, Pine, Florida, Animas, La Plata, and Mancos Rivers, are tributary to the San Juan River in New Mexico or just upstream of the state line.

September 10, 2012--Animas hits 4th lowest flow in 100 years (Durango Herald)

A century of water records show that 2002, the year of the Missionary Ridge Fire, was the driest in Southwest Colorado. But 2012 is close behind, in fourth place. Officials have 99 years of flow records for the Animas River, Rege Leach, the Colorado Division of Water Resources engineer in Durango, said Friday.

September 8, 2012--Narraguinnep at lowest point in 10 years (Cortez Journal)

The Narraguinep Reservoir is at its lowest point in 10 years, but there is enough water to supply irrigation needs for the rest of the season. That’s the word from Don Magnuson, general manager for the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. On Thursday, Magnuson said the reservoir was at a depth of 20 feet and held more than 1,000 acre-feet of water.

July 1, 2012--Fighting invasive species on the Dolores River (Telluride Daily Planet)

Exotic species invading local ecosystems has long been a problem in Colorado, but along the Dolores River a program is in place to push some species back. Problem species that sprout up on the banks of the scenic southern Colorado waterway include mainly tamarisk, but also Siberian elm and Russian knapweed, which can outcompete local species of grasses, trees and shrubs.

April 12, 2012--Faint hopes for lower Dolores River spill (Cortez Journal)

After an unusually warm, dry, dusty and windy month — hopes have dried up for a whitewater boating spill on the Lower Dolores River later this spring. Last month, water officials were anticipating a modest whitewater boating release based on 85 percent of average snowpack levels and a favorable forecast. Now they say it will be fortunate if McPhee Reservoir even fills.

March 29, 2012--Learning the river (Telluride Daily)

Beginning high in Telluride’s alpine mountain ecosystem and winding 90 miles down to the desert, where it joins the Dolores River, the San Miguel River carries the lifeblood of many communities — human, animal and plant. Every day, people drive past the San Miguel River without paying it much notice.

March 27, 2012--A trickle from McPhee for fickle fish (Cortez Journal)

This spring, water groups are allocating reservoir spill water to help native fish species on the Lower Dolores River. Unlike sport fish introduced from outside sources, native species have been swimming local rivers for an estimated 2 million years.

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