Fifty years of McPhee

Fifty years of McPhee

Irrigation dreams began with Dolores Water Conservancy’s ’61 formation
Rocks are loaded up to be taken to the dam.
A great kiva, named Singing Shelter, was discovered by the Dolores archaeological program.
Construction on the Dolores Project officially started in 1980.
Underground workers labor on the Dolores Project.
Mud covers the face of a worker who was inside digging out the tunnel that brings water from McPhee south toward Cortez.
A crane lifts materials to the top of the outlet tower during construction. Only the top of the tower is visible above the water today.
Circles of light fill the tunnel after the concrete was poured and it was ready for water to flow.
Today McPhee Reservoir provides irrigation, domestic water, recreation and a place for Canada geese to flock.
Today McPhee Reservoir provides irrigation, domestic water, recreation and a place for Canada geese to flock.

Fifty years of McPhee

Rocks are loaded up to be taken to the dam.
A great kiva, named Singing Shelter, was discovered by the Dolores archaeological program.
Construction on the Dolores Project officially started in 1980.
Underground workers labor on the Dolores Project.
Mud covers the face of a worker who was inside digging out the tunnel that brings water from McPhee south toward Cortez.
A crane lifts materials to the top of the outlet tower during construction. Only the top of the tower is visible above the water today.
Circles of light fill the tunnel after the concrete was poured and it was ready for water to flow.
Today McPhee Reservoir provides irrigation, domestic water, recreation and a place for Canada geese to flock.
Today McPhee Reservoir provides irrigation, domestic water, recreation and a place for Canada geese to flock.
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