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Dolores River Spill Expected To Reach 4,000 CFS

Mar 17, 2017

Boaters, water managers, and environmental monitoring groups are looking forward to the largest managed release from the McPhee Dam since 2008.

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.

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Earlier this week the eyes of the nation were on the Oroville Dam in north-central California. Quickly rising waters and erosion on the dam’s main spillway forced dam officials to use the dam’s emergency spillway for the first time in the dam’s history. The flood of water prompted an evacuation of over 180,000 people from the valley below.

 

The Montezuma County commissioners have appointed Cortez farmer Don Schwindt to serve on the Southwestern Water Conservation District Board.


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In November water managers for the Colorado River opened the floodgates of Glen Canyon Dam and released a huge flood down the Grand Canyon. In this edition of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Katrina Grantz from the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region about this “High Flow Experiment,” a managed flood intended to move sediment down the canyon in an attempt to improve the health of the river corridor.

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