Dolores Water Conservancy District

Eric Tanner / Dolores Water Conservancy District

As spring begins in the Four Corners, the Dolores Water Conservancy continues to monitor weather and snowpack in the San Juan Mountains to try to predict how much water will make it into McPhee Reservoir this summer. KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with DWCD General Manager Mike Preston to get an update on current forecasts and conditions. Click below to listen.

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A few storms have brought some relief from this year’s very dry winter, but water managers say it’s still not easy to predict how much water will be available in the Dolores River watershed this summer.

Julie Knudson / The Nature Conservancy

About 24,000 people boated the Lower Dolores River this summer, according to estimates from the Bureau of Land Management. At a public meeting Wednesday night, leaders from Dolores River Boating Advocates, American Whitewater, and The Nature Conservancy told the Dolores Water Conservancy District they appreciated this season’s regular communication with boaters and other stakeholders about releases from McPhee Dam. However, some said they would have preferred more advance notice on the late summer releases.

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On Monday, a public meeting held by the Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) was met with a standing-room-only crowd—not a regular occurrence at water management meetings.  The day after the meeting, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Mike Preston, DWCD General Manager, to learn more about the District's plans for McElmo.

Drought Contingency Plan Concerns

Jul 13, 2017
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In southwest Colorado, we are always on the verge of a drought.  To help mitigate the effects of dry periods in the future, the the Dolores Project Drought Contingency Plan has been developed, and will be discussed at a public meeting on July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Dolores Water Conservancy District offices, in Cortez. 

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