Recreation

August 12, 2016--Construction in Animas River to start Monday (Durango Herald)

This week, crews will start putting up fencing and traffic-control barriers, the city’s schedule said. Residents may also see crews moving boulders into a storage area near the construction site, Utilities Director Steve Salka said. The city is going to build rock weirs to help correct the flow of the river because it is shifting away from the city’s water intake, Salka sa


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.


July 1, 2016--Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem (Durango Herald)

“I dare you to find a cooler trip,” Doug Ponce, a senior guide with Mountain Waters Rafting, challenged his customers before hitting the revered, if not notorious, rapids of the Upper Animas River. And he might be right. Just to reach the runnable stretch of the Upper Animas is an adventure, requiring those seeking a thrill to hop aboard the Durango & Silve


June 16, 2016--After dam release, river runs through the Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

The opening of the lower Dolores River for the first time in five years was a joyous occasion for boaters who could swing the impromptu release.


May 23, 2016--Whitewater release a go for lower Dolores River (Durango Herald)

It’s official: There will be a whitewater release on the lower Dolores River below McPhee Dam, the first since 2011. 


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 13, 2016--Water conservation funding in Senate spending bill will benefit rivers and fish (Water Online)

On May 12, 2016 the Senate passed a bill that sets funding levels for energy and water development and includes increased investments in conservation that would benefit fish, wildlife, riparian habitat, and sportsmen, especially in drought-stricken states. In a victory for sportsmen, the bill did not include a rider to block the Clean Water Rule, which will restore pr


May 6, 2016--Forum explores new potential use of Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

A documentary screening about the Dolores River was followed by a lively forum about the issue of low flows below McPhee Dam. “River of Sorrows” was commissioned by the Dolores River Boating Advocates to highlight the plight of the Lower Dolores River. The new film, which is for sale on the DRBA website for $10, had several showings April 30 at the Sunflower Th


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