McPhee Dam release will benefit ecology of Dolores River

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McPhee Dam release will benefit ecology of Dolores River

Native fish, riparian forest need spring flows
The Dolores River snakes through canyons below McPhee Dam. High flows from the dam deposit nutrient-rich sediment onto the riverbanks and recharge the water table.

McPhee Dam release will benefit ecology of Dolores River

The Dolores River snakes through canyons below McPhee Dam. High flows from the dam deposit nutrient-rich sediment onto the riverbanks and recharge the water table.

McPhee Dam release will benefit ecology of Dolores River

Kayakers and rafters enjoy the Dolores River, with about 4,000 cubic feet per second being released from the dam in 2017. Healthy plant and tree habitat depends on sufficient water table levels. For example, willow density on the riverbanks increased dramatically after the big spill in 2017.

McPhee Dam release will benefit ecology of Dolores River

The sun reflects off the Dolores River in 2017 and shows where it is over it banks in places when 4,000 cubic feet per second of water is released.
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