Originally Posted by MountainmanPete
If and when they decide to do a release will they inform the public precisely how long the release will happen?
It is very clear to me that they will never again "decide" to release. This year the lake will overflow so they absolutely have to release. They were going to do it over Memorial Day, but ignorantly misjudged the runoff timing and were very happy to re-neg on that as soon as it became apparent that they had the opportunity to delay.
By delaying, they don't mathematically get to release less, but in the mean time they can continue to suck as much out of the lake for irrigation as possible, and by waiting until it absolutely hits the max capacity, they can make sure they don't accidentally send an extra cubic foot down the river valley instead of down the irrigation ditch.
Don't bet that they won't halt release and strand boaters, if they misjudge the runoff again and realize valuable alfalfa water is being "wasted" on the Dolores River they will cut the flow.
I'm really irritated, especially since there's been no release since 2011 and they had the flow so low that they allowed an enormous fish kill to happen when a flash flood of mud hit the river valley - so silty due to no water in the Dolores that it even killed the silt tolerant native fish all while biologists were actively conducting a fish count.
From what I can see they care nothing for the river and have no shame.