Dolores River

Courtesy of Jane Dally

Flows in the Dolores River are set to reach optimum boating levels on Tuesday.

Dolores River water is relied on by many, including farmers, ranchers, and boaters. For the second of a three-part series on River Radio looking at the relationships between various Dolores River stakeholders, host Sam Carter talks with fourth-generation rancher Dustin Goodall about his family's relationship to the Dolores River and his perspectives on how to balance the needs of those who rely on Dolores River water.

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After a chilly start to the rafting season, the managed release, or spill, from McPhee Dam into the lower Dolores River is set to continue at 1,200 cubic feet per second through this week.


Jane Dally

In the first of a three-part series on River Radio about the 2017 spill on the Dolores River out of McPhee Dam and the relationships between various Dolores River stakeholders, host Sam Carter talks with Vern Harrell, Chief Engineer at McPhee Dam for the Bureau of Reclamation, about what the 2017 spill may look like and the relationship he has with irrigators and boaters.

Dolores River Boating Advocates

Even though it's only February, 2017 will likely be an exciting time for local boaters--water managers for the McPhee dam have already decided to release water on the Lower Dolores River this summer. Dolores Water Conservancy District Chief Engineer Ken Curtis says they announced their decision to have a “spill” last Friday at a meeting for river conservationists and boaters. Curtis sat down with KSJD's Austin Cope to talk more about what to expect.

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