McPhee Reservoir

January 3, 2015--McPhee management comes with a price (Cortez Journal)

The costs of maintaining recreation facilities at McPhee reservoir are significant, a burden Montezuma County would inherit if it gains ownership, according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service.


Cortez: McPhee Reservoir

Montezuma County is interested in taking over recreation management of McPhee Reservoir. Frustrated by the lack of services, County Commissioners urged San Juan National Forest supervisor Kara Chadwick to convey land and management of three key facilities (McPhee boat ramp, House Creek, and Sage Hen areas) of the reservoir. “In the last 15 years, services have digressed at the lake to near nothing, so it behooves us to look at taking over management,” said Commissioner Keenan Ertel.

December 23, 2014--What will be the fate of McPhee Reservoir? (Durango Herald)

Montezuma County pushed to take over recreation management of McPhee Reservoir during a meeting with top forest officials Friday in Durango.


October 29, 2014--First kokanee spawning at Nighthorse (Durango Herald)

From a platform tethered 100 feet offshore, members of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife team spawned kokanee salmon in Lake Nighthorse for the first time. Members of this first graduating class of kokanee were stocked as fingerlings in 2010. Stocking 75,000 kokanee each year since means spawning will occur annually.


August 28, 2014--Reservoir would destroy habitat of 2 rare plants (Cortez Journal)

Two rare plants discovered in Lone Mesa State Park are in the way of a proposed $1.3 billion hydro-electric power plant in the Plateau Creek drainage, a tributary of McPhee Reservoir. Unique shale barrens in the south portion of Lone Mesa State Park are home to the rare Lone Mesa snake weed and Mancos shale packera.


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.


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 19, 2014--McPhee breakwater now has a plan (Cortez Journal)

The fate of the long-stalled breakwater project is finally inching forward, and officials are cautiously optimistic it may be ready for installation soon. A constructed breakwater at the McPhee boat ramp was supposed to be floated into position last summer, but it is still languishing near shore.


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.


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