Dolores Water Conservancy District

August 14, 2014--McPhee water available for hemp (Dolores Star)

The disconnect between Colorado legalizing marijuana and U.S. drug laws forbidding it continues to widen, including for irrigation uses from federally built reservoirs. A recent policy from the U.S.


August 13, 2014--Colorado's Water Plan (KRCC)

It’s been over a year since Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order calling for the creation of a state water plan.  It won’t be a legal document, but the plan is expected to make recommendations that will guide future water planning and funding decisions.  The process is well underway, with a deadline to deliver a draft plan by this December.


July 17, 2014--Lower Dolores study details native fish needs (Dolores Star)

A conceptual plan for aiding native fish on the Lower Dolores River was approved by the Dolores Water Conservancy District in June. The District has been negotiating with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the BLM, Forest Service, and conservation groups on ways to improve native fish habitat below McPhee Dam.


The Value of McPhee Reservoir and the Dolores River, by Mike Preston

McPhee Reservoir is the centerpiece of the Dolores Project, which expanded irrigation to 28,500 acres of land from Yellow Jacket to Dove Creek and to 7,600 acres of Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch operations. These irrigated lands produce some of the highest-quality dairy hay in the West, along with a variety of other crops, including 640 acres of native seed that is being used to restore BLM lands across the west. The project also provides water to a growing number of smaller vegetable producers.


June 8, 2014--Local communities value McPhee, Dolores (Durango Herald)

The story titled “McPhee puts a plug in Dolores” (Herald, May 29) treats one of the most valued resources in Montezuma and Dolores counties in a manner that is judgmental and completely lacking in context.


April 22, 2014--McPhee boat check could lose funding (Cortez Journal)

The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have not been detected in McPhee Reservoir, but they’re causing havoc in nearby Lake Powell. Boat inspections at McPhee have been effective in keeping the pests out of local waters so far. However, with shrinking budgets for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Services, the critical checkpoints have an uncertain future.


April 10, 2014--Snowpack not enough to keep lower Dolores River running for recreation (Durango Telegraph)

For the second year in a row, it’s just not enough. McPhee Reservoir near Dolores has enough water to meet its basic obligations, but not enough for those looking to enjoy whitewater boating in the lower Dolores River. “There’s a lot of disappointed boaters,” said Lee-Ann Hill, program coordinator for the Dolores River Boating Advocates.


April 7, 2014--McPhee breakwater plan stalls (Cortez Journal)

It was supposed to be floated into position last summer, but a new breakwater system for the McPhee Reservoir boat launch is still lying on shore. Engineering snags for the structure’s anchor design have delayed the project indefinitely, according to officials with Montezuma County and the San Juan National Forest.


Dolores Water Conservancy District, by Michael Preston

There is a lot going on these days that could affect the Dolores Project and many recent events have received newspaper coverage.

March 19, 2014--Totten revived for irrigation (Cortez Journal)

A experimental irrigation program using Totten Reservoir is helping out McElmo Canyon farmers. The small lake, east of Cortez, is owned by the Dolores Water Conservancy District. But there has not been much irrigation use for it since the installation of the Towaoc Highline Canal.


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