Dolores Water Conservancy District

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,


January 20, 2016--Cloud seeding helps boost El Niño (Durango Herald)

El Niño is bringing Southwest Colorado wet storms and even more reason to seed clouds than in a dry winter, some experts say. “When there’s lots of liquid water coming through, then you have a storm to work. ... The seeding response is better.


WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

At their December 9th Board meeting the following grants were funded by the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD):

-   Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) and Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company (MVIC): The DWCD and MVIC requested a $25,000 SWCD grant in support of an initiative of the two water boards and counties for a redraft by David Robbins of Hill and Robbins, P.C. of the proposed National Conservation Area (NCA) legislation on the lower Dolores River as an alternative to current Wild and Scenic Suitability from McPhee Dam to Bedrock. A total of $25,000 will be raised from DWCD, MVIC, as well as Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel, and Montrose counties.
-  Study to Determine Potential Colorado River Call Impacts to West Slope: At the December 18, 2014 meeting of the Four West Slope Basin Roundtables held at Ute Water in Grand Junction, various attendees cited the need for technical data so that the Four Roundtables could better discuss issues surrounding future Colorado River development and the risk to current water users. This also came up for each Basin Implementation Plan, and as part of the IBCC conceptual agreement for transmountain diversions. The River District would like SWCD to join in their request to the Four Roundtables to support technical data development by the two Districts. The purpose is to create a common platform to have fruitful discussions on the West Slope regarding Colorado River development. SWCD was asked to contribute $10,000 to this study, along with $10,000 from the River District, and $8,000 from each West Slope Roundtables for a total of $52,000 in funding. 


November 4, 2015--Voters agree to stabilize water district mill levy (Cortez Journal)

Voters have approved a request by the Dolores Water Conservancy District to freeze the mill levy at the current rate of 0.483. According to the Montezuma County election office, 2,706 voted in favor of the measure, and 1,729 voted against it. The district sought to avoid the ratcheting down effect on the district’s budget because of fluctuating property values. &ldqu


September 30, 2015--Faces in the crowd: The lawyer (Cortez Journal)

David Robbins, a top Colorado water attorney, takes questions during a meeting about the federal proposals to protect the Lower Dolores River below McPhee dam. Robbins has completed a legal review on how federal actions would impact local water rights.


September 21, 2015--State agrees to improve flows on Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

Colorado’s top water board agreed Tuesday to improve flows on the Lower Dolores River to boost the health of the river and its native fish. The Colorado Water Conservation Board will seek an in-stream flow right of up to 900 cubic feet per second on the Lower Dolores below its confluence with the San Miguel River. In-stream flows are designated by the board to preserve an


September 9, 2015--Dolores Water Conservancy seeks mill levy (Dolores Star)

The Dolores Water Conservancy District board of directors is asking voters to set a permanent mill levy for the district. Ballot question 4A will appear on the November general election ballot, and would authorize DWCD to fix its operating mill levy at the current 0.483 mills and retain any additional income it receives. DWCD operates McPhee Reservoir and the Dolores Project.


January 14, 2015--McPhee at risk for invasive species (Dolores Star)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, the Dolores Water Conservancy District, and local municipalities all have a common enemy - the invasive zebra and quagga mussel species.


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