Wild and Scenic Designation

February 20, 2014--Protecting McPhee Reservoir is goal of water managers (Cortez Journal)

There is a lot going on these days that could affect the Dolores Project and many recent events have received newspaper coverage. This column is intended to put these events into a broader context that will help those who are interested understand what is going on as this story continues to unfold.

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.

Federal Land Management Plan?

Many water managers in the state, including those in southwest Colorado, are concerned about recent actions taken by federal agencies regarding historical water use, permitting, and planning activities involving federal lands that could impact existing and future water rights in Colorado.

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.

January 18, 2011--Protecting the San Miguel River (Telluride Daily Planet)

The Bureau of Land Management is looking to designate parts of the San Miguel River under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and wants your input on the process. The designation could protect segments of the San Miguel River including where it winds through the West End’s redrock canyons and cottonwood-lined farmlands.

November 28, 2010--The Wild and Scenic San Miguel? (Telluride Daily Planet)

As it meanders past cottonwood-lined banks and slips into redrock canyons, the lower San Miguel River is certainly lovely. But is it Wild and Scenic? This is a question the Bureau of Land Management is considering, and it wants the public’s help in determining the answer.

November 19, 2010--A tale of two counties: Montrose, San Miguel officials weigh Wild and Scenic River designation (Montrose Daily Post)

Montrose County commissioners are urging the public to attend meetings at month’s end on Wild and Scenic River designations being considered for portions of the San Miguel and Dolores rivers. Their position is clear: They oppose such federal designation and passed a resolution against it in August.

November 16, 2010--BLM panel to address ‘Wild and Scenic River’ suitability (Montrose Daily Press)

The Bureau of Land Management’s Southwest Resource Advisory Committee subgroup will hold public meetings in Naturita, Norwood and Telluride to discuss the suitability of “Wild and Scenic River” designations for stretches of the San Miguel and Dolores rivers and several tributaries.

October 14, 2010--Hermosa plan takes shape (Duragno Herald)

Fat tire recreation and wilderness preservation appear to be coming to terms just outside Durango. Last week, U.S. Rep. John Salazar announced his intentions of pursuing legislation to create a Hermosa Creek Wilderness Area. The configuration of the proposed area is beginning to take forum.

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