Current Projects

Dolores River Film

Thanks to generous funding from Patagonia, we are pleased to announce the Dolores River Film project.  Dedicated river filmmakers Rig to Flip will be researching and filming the Dolores River over the next year to tell the complex story of “The River of Sorrows.”  The anticipated release of the film is January 2016 at the 3rd Annual Permit Party!

River Restoration

DRBA is doing Dolores River restoration with the Dolores River Restoration Partnership.  Our next project is in the Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area on Friday, September 26th.  We are looking for volunteers to help with a tamarisk removal project.  For more information and to sign-up, please contact Lee-Ann at 970-560-5486, or

River Fence Construction

We need volunteers and materials to build a river fence on the Upper Dolores River!  Tentative project dates are July 31-August 2nd (Thursday-Saturday).  We will be constructing a boater-friendly cattle fence on the Lightenberger property just North of the town of Dolores.  This fence will provide safe river passage when the river rises during Monsoons.  We sure could use your help!  Please contact Lee-Ann at 970-560-5486 or for more information and to sign-up as a volunteer or to donate.

Slick Rock Stream Gage

Thanks to a diverse partnership of groups and agencies, we were able to secure full funding for the Slick Rock stream gage for 2014.  The following partners are contributing funds this year to keep this important gage going for the multiple of uses is serves:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Dolores River Boating Advocates
  • Dolores Water Conservancy District
  • Greater Dolores Action
  • San Juan Citizens Alliance
  • Southwest Water Conservation District

And thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey for the maintenance and operations of the gage, and for relaying the info on the website.

Stewardship and Restoration

We are actively involved with the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, and are looking forward to some exciting projects in 2014 in the Dolores River Wilderness Study Area (WSA), in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  Please contact us to participate!

Upper Dolores River Access

We are determined to find and/or improve access on the Upper Dolores River to facilitate day trips that are safe for all!  Please let us know if you have ideas or property that may be suitable for this worthy cause!

River Watch

We have a River Watch water quality monitoring site at Bradfield Bridge on the Dolores River which we monitor monthly.  We also send volunteers to River Watch to learn how to monitor water quality.  Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a River Watch volunteer on the Dolores River!

Leave No Trace

We offer special “Leave No Trace” workshops and programs oriented towards responsible river use.  Please let us know if you would like to us to host a workshop for you in the classroom or on the river.

Youth Programs

We are currently developing a Future Stewards of the River program.  Please stay tuned for more details!