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Here is the latest post on the DWCD website on the forecast/release….very unlikely that there will be a downstream release on the Dolores this year due to the extreme lack of moisture.  We will post updates here and on Facebook when they are available.

2018 McPhee Release Update
http://doloreswater.com/releases/
POSTED ON MARCH 15, 2018
Thursday March 15, 2018:  McPhee currently releasing 50 CFS for the downstream fishery. Releases will continue at this rate until ramping up to 66 CFS for tomorrow, which will continue to the end of the month. Releases in April are anticipated to be 50 CFS; however, due to the variability in the current runoff forecasts, planned downstream releases in April and beyond are subject to change. The runoff forecast has dropped since January: as of March 1st, the CBRFC 50% exceedance forecast for McPhee April through July inflows was only 113,000 AF. The SNOTEL sites are averaging only 46% of the median snow pack as of today, March 15th — down from the beginning of the month.
Based on these forecasts, it is highly unlikelythat a controlled release from McPhee will occur this year.
We will update this page again in April with any new developments.CBRFC Website: http://www.cbrfc.noaa.gov/wsup/graph/front/espplot_dg.html?year=2018&id=MPHC2

 


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The Dolores River is one of Colorado’s most colorful and sublime rivers. Its 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.

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