Like I said, I can't speak to the past as I was just launching and floating without any regard to its management until 2008. The mention the harassing nature of DroBoat's past comments was only about him, nothing you have said.
First, I am in support of constructive criticism leveled against any person or organization. I was heading into a career in wildlife biology before I was sidetracked with illness in 2008. I care deeply about most ecosystems but especially about the riparian environments of the desert southwest. I get to float the Yampa next week and I think it will be enlightening to see an undamned stretch that feeds the Green and Colorado system. I can't imagine how much healthier places like Deso would be with better flooding and woody debris influx.
Second, we will have to disagree about "bad" information. I have been following their reports for months on the DWCD site. Since March they have been skeptical of any release. When they finally mentioned the potential for a Memorial Day spill it was hedged as only "likely" (you don't see that language since then AND it was in bold) as the information and weather did not provide the confidence to guarantee the opportunity. They have been transparent since March that a spill was contingent on the reservoir reaching an elevation of 6920 minimum and upwards of 6922 feet. They kept their word and start releasing at an elevation of 6920.84 feet on May 31st.
I disagree with their priorities and most dams in general. They forever altered a river and corridor most of here treasure. But we cannot expect them to change their protocol and operating procedures mid-season. To do so would be tantamount to negligence professionally and I would imagine legally. They have commitments to stakeholders and make no mistake their principle ones have been agriculture and municipalities since the Dolores Project was formalized.
And it cannot be ignored, the Dolores's reputation was earned because of its big snow years pre-dam. But the river was often de-watered completely by other agencies since the beginning of the 20th century (makes me wonder what native fish populations were like then, didn't see data before 1980s in literature). The mythology of boating the Dolores has always been sexy but glosses over much of its complex history.
Much of this topic is complex. If you haven't read them I would recommend you take the time to so with these documents:
A Way Forward
Native Fish of the Lower Dolores
I find it hopeful that groups outlined in A Way Forward are modeling options that align well with many stakeholders. That said, it is still be contingent on climate and adequate water in the reservior. We will still have no spill years for recreation even under the best scientific management, especially if the last decade of drought is any indicator.