McPhee Reservoir

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.


May 29, 2014--McPhee puts a plug in Dolores (Durango Herald)

On a recent flight over McPhee Reservior Lee-Ann Hill, program coordinator for Dolores River Boating Advocates, peered out the plane window as they flew over mountains, Mancos and finally McPhee Dam to trace the path of the Dolores River. “There!” she said.


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.


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