Dolores Water Conservancy District

August 31, 2016--Cloud-seeders get upgrade in mountains above Dolores (Cortez Journal)

A remote-operated cloud-seeding generator is being installed in the mountains above Dolores in an attempt to improve snowpack and runoff into McPhee Reservoir. The Dolores Water Conservancy District has partnered with the Idaho Power Co.

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 18, 2016--Discussion of McPhee Reservoir water releases will be held July 26 (Durango Herald)

T he Dolores Water Conservancy District and Dolores River Boating Advocates invite the public to a review and discuss the 2016 Lower Dolores River boating season from McPhee Reservoir managed releases. The meeting will be held at 6:oo pm July 26 at the Dolores Community Center.

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.

May 14, 2016--Chances drying up for rafting the Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

Though early indications had some river enthusiasts hopeful the lower Dolores River would have enough water for rafting for the first time since 2011, all signs now point to another year of a lonely river. “We’re real close to the ‘It ain’t going to happen’ stage right now,” said Mike Preston, general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy Distr

May 8, 2016--Dolores water district unveils $8 million in upgrades (Cortez Journal)

There’s a reason farmers with the Dolores Project get on-demand, pressurized irrigation water delivered to the edge of their fields. Five automated, high-tech pumping stations do the heavy lifting of pulling water from canals and pushing it through pipes to farms.

Dolores Water Conservancy District

In January, Mike Preston, General Manager of the DWCD, announced a new wildfire risk reduction group has formed to minimize impacts on the upper Dolores River watershed and McPhee Reservoir--the Dolores Watershed and Resilient Forest (DWARF) Collaborative. The specific target area extends from the Dove Creek pumps up to Lizard Head Pass--a mix of federal, private, and state lands.

April 13, 2016--Plan for Dolores rafting season drying up (Cortez Journal)

Like an injured wolf starving for a meal, the famed Snaggletooth Rapid below McPhee dam whimpers for a healing rush of water to once again show off its whitewater fangs. Its last feast of boaters crashed through the jagged Class IV rapids in 2011, so she’s hungry.

March 3, 2016--Hydro power project dies (Cortez Journal)

A motion to construct a $1 billion hydro-power plant north of McPhee reservoir has died for lack of a second. The Dolores Water Conservancy District had been seeking investors for the pump-back, hydro-electric plant that would have included 2-3 new reservoirs in the steep Plateau Creek canyon, a tributary of McPhee. DWCD was not planning on building or funding the project,

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