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Old 03-15-2009   #1
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Is the Dolores running this year?

I just read the thread on the Dolores meetings and it didn't say whether there was any plan to release boatable levels this year. Anybody have any different info? It's 7-8 hours down and the same back from Fort Collins so it takes a little bit of planning. Thanks, Tom

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Old 03-15-2009   #2
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With the CO snowpack at 104% and the San Juan watershed a bit better, bets are the Dolores will run into late June this season. The peak flows traditionally are in late May. Although the operators of McFee have not updated the 2009 spill information yet the website is: Dolores Water Conservancy District

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If you are lucky enough to boat the Dolores, then you are lucky enough..
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Old 03-16-2009   #4
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I'm not going to speak "officially" on this subject, since I haven't seen the operations as a result of the March forecast, but last I saw, we would have some low (800 cfs), but boatable flows for May and most of June, with peaks of 2000 cfs for a week centered approximately over memorial day weekend. This was based on a 111% inflow forecast, now that is down to around 100% and dropping.

Current San Juan Snowpack is 100% of average as of today. So, I don't know where fdon is getting his numbers. Look for things to get below average here soon.
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Yep, the long-range forecast looks like we'll end the season with below average snowpack.
Uh, I'm just gonna go find a cash machine.
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Old 03-16-2009   #6
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We're at 98% of average for the entire San Juan basin... but Lizard Head is still at 120% of average, so things are looking better for that side of the drainage.
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Old 03-16-2009   #7
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hot off the presses!

Dolores Water Conservancy District

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