McPhee Reservoir

September 8, 2012--Narraguinnep at lowest point in 10 years (Cortez Journal)

The Narraguinep Reservoir is at its lowest point in 10 years, but there is enough water to supply irrigation needs for the rest of the season. That’s the word from Don Magnuson, general manager for the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. On Thursday, Magnuson said the reservoir was at a depth of 20 feet and held more than 1,000 acre-feet of water.


August 7, 2012--McPhee at its lowest in nine years (Cortez Journal)

If you haven’t been to McPhee Reservoir lately, prepare to walk a bit longer to get to the water. The water is low and it will get lower, according to Mike Preston, manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District. A dry winter and high irrigation demand continues to cause water to drop in McPhee. “It’s going to come down another 24 feet,” Preston said.


July 22, 2012--McPhee has ‘enough water’ (Cortez Journal)

Farmers and ranchers will receive full allocations this water season, according to local reservoir and irrigation managers. Careful management of water reserves have left plenty of resources to fill the needs of water users in the area, despite an abnormally dry winter and spring.


July 17, 2012--New reservoir coming to the region? (Cortez Journal)

In an effort to keep local control over local water issues, the Dolores Water Conservancy District has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a large water project on Plateau Creek, a tributary of McPhee Reservoir.


April 26, 2012--Colorado rivers, streams may get boost from lease of water rights (Denver Post)

Looming drought has prompted a new push to prevent harm to streams and rivers: temporarily leasing water normally diverted to household taps, farms and ranchland and letting t


March 27, 2012--A trickle from McPhee for fickle fish (Cortez Journal)

This spring, water groups are allocating reservoir spill water to help native fish species on the Lower Dolores River. Unlike sport fish introduced from outside sources, native species have been swimming local rivers for an estimated 2 million years.


February 10, 2012--Agencies plan study of mercury levels in fish (Durango Herald)

Concerns about mercury contamination in fish have prompted various agencies to take action toward better understanding the problem. The Southwestern Water Conservation District and the U.S. Geological Survey have scheduled a meeting next month to lay the foundation for a study.


Dolores Water Conservancy District’s 50th Anniversary

The Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) was formed November 20, 1961. Therefore, they celebrated their 50th anniversary this Fall. In addition, it was the 25th anniversary of water deliveries to farms and towns from McPhee Reservoir. The reservoir site was seen as so ideal that President Teddy Roosevelt chose it for the dam in 1906 during a hunting trip in the area.


December 17, 2011--MVI lets water info flow (Cortez Journal)

Financial disclosure and responsibility and system management were the major topics of discussion at a Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co.


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