Dolores River

September 29, 2016--Draft bill for conservation area gets a rewrite (Cortez Journal)

Challenges have arose in the rewrite of a draft bill proposing the Dolores River National Conservation Area and Dolores River Canyon Wilderness designation below McPhee Dam. The draft legislation is being written collaboratively by conservationists, several counties, water districts, agricultural groups and recreationists. Its intent is to forge a compromise that further protec


August 17, 2016--McPhee managers concerned about mussel invasion (Cortez Journal)

A non-native mussel species that is causing havoc in reservoirs across the nation has not yet infiltrated McPhee Reservoir, and local managers want to keep it that way. If the dreaded quagga mussel – which has contaminated nearby Lake Powell – migrates here, it would put the region’s main water source in jeopardy, said Mike Preston, general manager for the Dol


July 28, 2016--Forecasts complicated Dolores boating season, officials say (Cortez Journal)

A sporadic 12-day boating release from McPhee dam into the Dolores River in June was hampered by uncertain runoff forecasts after a late-season snowfall, reservoir managers said at community meeting Tuesday in Dolores. Boaters faced on-again, off-again announcements of whitewater releases from the dam, which complicated their plans for trips down the river.


July 8, 2016--Pollution control systems added to Rico Argentine mine (Cortez Journal)

After last year’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, which dumped 3 million gallons of heavy metals into the Animas River, eyes turned to the Rico Argentine mine. The long-closed site is on about 80 acres just north of Rico. Its leaking St.


June 16, 2016--After dam release, river runs through the Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

The opening of the lower Dolores River for the first time in five years was a joyous occasion for boaters who could swing the impromptu release.


June 15, 2016--Dolores River Festival rebounds; online sales help (Cortez Journal)

Nearly 2,000 music lovers met at Joe Rowell Park Saturday for the 13th annual Dolores River Festival after online ticket sales bumped up attendance. “We’re back up to our usual numbers,” said Scott Clow, president of Greater Dolores Action, the community organization that puts on the popular river celebration.


May 27, 2016--McPhee boat inspections get funding (Cortez Journal)

Efforts to prevent forest fires and invasive mussels are among the list of projects that may receive funding from the U.S.


May 23, 2016--Whitewater release a go for lower Dolores River (Durango Herald)

It’s official: There will be a whitewater release on the lower Dolores River below McPhee Dam, the first since 2011. 


May 18, 2016--Whitewater seekers might get crack at Dolores River (Durango Herald)

Whitewater enthusiasts just might be able to run the lower Dolores River in late May – including over Memorial Day weekend. The Dolores Water Conservancy District announced on its website on Monday that recent heavy precipitation, including what’s in the forecast for this week, would likely fill McPhee Reservoir and allow for a boating release.


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