Dolores River Flows Discussion
Are you wondering about the status of the Dolores River and McPhee Reservoir? Join us for a panel discussion about Dolores River flows on Thursday, May 14 from 6-8 PM at the Dolores Library. Our panel will include Nathan Fey from American Whitewater, Matt Clark from Trout Unlimited, Ken Curtis of Dolores Water Conservancy District, and Sam Carter with Dolores River Boating Advocates. We’ll hear about the management plan for McPhee for 2015, and discuss the flows situation in relation to recreation. And YOU will have a chance to ask questions and participate in the discussion. Don’t miss this important conversation. For more information on the water management of McPhee Reservoir, listen to April’s edition of THE RIVER TRIP on KSJD Community Radio.
If you missed the meeting, but would like to hear it, tune it in here. The meeting began with Ken Curtis of Dolores Water Conservancy District. Nathan Fey of American Whitewater begins at about 37 minutes into the audio below, Matt Clark of Trout Unlimited can be found at 1 hour and 6 1/2 minutes, and Sam Clark of DRBA wrapped up the show starting at 1 hour and 30 minutes. Enjoy!
The Dolores River is one of Colorado’s most colorful and sublime rivers. It’s headwaters begin at approximately 14,000 feet in the San Juan Mountains near Lizard Head Pass. It flows south past the towns of Rico and Dolores, and makes a horseshoe turn at McPhee Reservoir, which was completed in 1987 to divert water for municipal and agricultural uses. Below the reservoir, the river again flows north past the communities of Dove Creek and Gateway. A full 230 miles from its headwaters, it joins the Colorado River in Utah’s red rock desert near Moab.
Much of the river flows through the heart of more than 250,000 acres of wilderness study areas–public lands that are part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands. The Dolores River Canyon, Sewemup and The Palisade wilderness study areas are among them. Residents in this part of Southwest Colorado are working to ask Congress to protect the Lower Dolores River (the reaches downstream of McPhee Reservoir) as a National Conservation Area and Wilderness. The Dolores River below the reservoir offers one of the country’s longest wilderness river floats–170 miles through unspoiled canyons and forest habitat. It is rich in archaeological resources and unique plant and wildlife habitat.
Dolores River Boating Advocates is a resource for boaters, a source for information about conservation efforts, and catalysts for river stewardship and advocacy. And because we’re “river people,” we tend to have a lot of fun. We hope you’ll join us!
Filmmakers RIG TO FLIP are working on a Dolores River film project. We’ll be debuting the Dolores River Film next year at the 3rd Annual Permit Party! Don’t miss it! Following is the trailer for their Warm Springs film which is about the deadly rapid on the Yampa River.
We want to THANK our Class I – V sponsors who are supporting our 2015 efforts and programs through generous in-kind and financial contributions:
CLASS V SPONSORS $8,000-$15,000
(CO-SPONSORS OF THE DOLORES FILM!)
CLASS IV SPONSORS $3,000-$7,999
CLASS III SPONSOR $1,000-$2,999
CLASS II SPONSORS $500-$999
CLASS I SPONSORS $250-$499