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The Arkansas River supports economies in Colorado from Leadville to La Junta and beyond. With base industries including tourism and agriculture, southern Colorado depends on the river's yearly flows. But climate researchers expect declines in those flows over time, leaving the Arkansas River and its dependents at risk of facing a future with less water.

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The Dolores River below McPhee Dam is no longer boatable, but there is still a chance of a brief additional boating release in June if the remaining snowpack starts to melt rapidly. Releases have been ramped down to 200 cubic feet per second or less to allow the lake to fill. Reservoir managers say drier-than-normal weather prevented them from extending boating releases through the Memorial Day weekend.

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Justice Gregory Hobbs, Jr. served on the Colorado Supreme Court from 1996 to 2015. He is an expert on water law, and decided some groundbreaking cases during his tenure. But he is also a poet, an activist, and the author of various books.  He’ll be speaking at the Cortez Public Library Wednesday, May 17th at 6pm. He talked with KSJD’s Gail Binkly about his life as a justice, a poet, and the importance of water.

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In final segment 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 local boater Scott Spear about his thoughts on the boating community centered on the Dolores River, his experiences floating the lower Dolores River this year, and why communication is the key to building strong relationships around water management.

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Managers of McPhee Reservoir are ramping up releases from the dam into the Dolores River.


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