McPhee Reservior levels look promising for boating release

The drought is over, and the 2017 water season is looking good for the region. “We’re in good shape to fill the reservoir. We’ve got enough snow on the ground,” Dolores Water Conservancy District...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Above average snowpack bodes well for McPhee Reservoir, farmers, boaters

Above-average snowpack in the Dolores Basin bodes well for McPhee Reservoir, farmers and recreational boaters on the Lower Dolores River. Snotels in the basin show snowpack at 136 percent of the...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

McElmo Flume established as a monument to pioneers’ ingenuity

CORTEZ The historic McElmo Creek Flume has been officially consecrated as a monument to pioneer ingenuity and early water development. The project is the culmination of a three-year local effort to...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stagnant ponds get repair, fresh water

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has stepped up to repair a forgotten headgate and inlet pipe designed to fill two retainment ponds on the edge of McPhee Reservoir near Dolores. The system is...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unusual winter hampered Dolores River boating release

A sporadic 12-day boating release from McPhee Dam into the Dolores River in June was hampered by uncertain runoff forecasts after a late-season snowfall, reservoir managers said at community...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Discussion of McPhee Reservoir water releases will be held July 26

The Dolores Water Conservancy District and Dolores River Boating Advocates invite the public to a review and discuss the 2016 Lower Dolores River boating season from McPhee Reservoir managed...

DATE: July 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County starts fire ban in wake of Sage Hen blaze

Firefighters continued Monday to mop up hot spots and cut down brush at the 180-acre wildfire that erupted Saturday afternoon in the Sage Hen area of McPhee Reservoir. The fire was expected to be...

DATE: June 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crews mop up hot spots after Sage Hen Fire erupts at McPhee Reservoir

A wildfire that erupted Saturday afternoon in the Sage Hen area of McPhee Reservoir was between 50 and 60 percent contained by 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a U.S. Forest Service official....

DATE: June 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

It’s official: Dolores River boating season launches Friday

A whitewater boating release below McPhee Dam was scheduled to begin at 1 a.m. Friday and will last at least three days. Flows were planned to be ramped up to at least 800 cubic feet per second by...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Whitewater seekers might get chance at Dolores River

Whitewater enthusiasts just might be able to run the lower Dolores River in late May – including over Memorial Day weekend. The Dolores Water Conservancy District announced on its website on Monday...

DATE: May 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chances drying up for rafting the Dolores River

Though early indications had some river enthusiasts hopeful the lower Dolores River would have enough water for rafting for the first time since 2011, all signs now point to another year of a...

DATE: May 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Dry early spring sinks rafting hopes on Lower Delores

The famed Snaggletooth Rapid below McPhee dam whimpers for a healing rush of water to once again show off its whitewater fangs. The last boaters crashed through the jagged Class IV rapids in 2011,...

DATE: April 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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