Scientists Monitor Effects of High Flow on Lower Dolores River

May 15, 2017

This year’s release of water from the McPhee dam into the Lower Dolores River brought boaters from across the country. But it wasn’t only recreational boaters who came to the river. A group of scientists also monitored the effects of the high flow on the river's course and its ecosystems.

The Dolores Native Fish Monitoring Team, scientists from research institutions, and the Nature Conservancy placed cameras along river banks, measured water depth, used aerial photography to monitor the effects of the high flow. To learn more about their studies, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Celene Hawkins, Western Colorado Water Project Director for the Nature Conservancy.