Dolores flows! - Mountain Buzz
 



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-17-2015   #1
 
GJ, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2011
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 747
Dolores flows!

https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...ticleid/32421/

Probably too early to start making plans, but this is a great big step.

__________________
www.LaceMine29.com
mikesee is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-17-2015   #2
 
Andy H.'s Avatar
 
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 3,774
Wow! That's great!
__________________
Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
Andy H. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2015   #3
 
Cottonwood, Arizona
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 140
Outstanding news��
Dusto5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-17-2015   #4
 
cedar city, Utah
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2,261
Does anyone know, will this primarily affect the lower stretch from the confluence down or does the historical flow regime mean the more popular upriver sections of the Dolores will see the most management change?

Phillip
restrac2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2015   #5
 
Andy H.'s Avatar
 
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 3,774
The instream flows will be from McPhee Reservoir, so it'll affect the river all the way down. This includes the classic Dolores runs.

Hooray for AW!
__________________
Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
Andy H. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2015   #6
 
Riverwild's Avatar
 
Salt Lake City, Utah
Paddling Since: 1997
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 271
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy H. View Post
The instream flows will be from McPhee Reservoir, so it'll affect the river all the way down. This includes the classic Dolores runs.

Hooray for AW!
From reading the article it sounds like the target flow will be from the San Miguel confluence down to gateway of 900cfs. So if the San Miguel is running at 900cfs during whatever spring period they designate for flows. Then would I be correct in assuming that there would be no release from McPhee? Or if the San Miguel wasn't running during the designated dates then they would release water out of McPhee so the target flow would be 900cfs. Can anybody clarify this?
Riverwild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2015   #7
 
cedar city, Utah
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2,261
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riverwild View Post
From reading the article it sounds like the target flow will be from the San Miguel confluence down to gateway of 900cfs. So if the San Miguel is running at 900cfs during whatever spring period they designate for flows. Then would I be correct in assuming that there would be no release from McPhee? Or if the San Miguel wasn't running during the designated dates then they would release water out of McPhee so the target flow would be 900cfs. Can anybody clarify this?
^This was what I was getting at. The language in the announcement seems to focus on the confluence not the upper stretch. Curious how that plays out historically as I haven't spent much time looking the flow data. Does the San Miguel normally release 900 cfs within the designated timeframe? If not, will the supplemental flow out of McPhee be enough for recreation?

The one thing that seems clear is the ecological picture is likely going to be much healthier.

Phillip
restrac2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2015   #8
 
placerville, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 792
miguel is routinely over 900 during runoff. probably for over a month this past season.
steven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2015   #9
 
placerville, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 792
this is good news, but will not get flows on mcphee-bedrock up to a runnable level, unless they designate a long window and the miguel has a very low water year. With the miguel's normal flows during peak, it will not take much more water from mcphee to get the river up to 900 below the confluence. I guess we need to wait and see what that flow window will be.
Great job all involved!
steven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2015   #10
Edd Franz, BLM Montrose
 
Montrose, Colorado
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 91
The specifics of the instream flow water right will be as follows:

Reach: Confluence of the San Miguel River to the Town of Gateway (33 river miles)

Habitat Protected For: Flannelmouth Sucker, Bluehead Sucker, Roundtail Chub (BLM has signed a range-wide conservation agreement for these species) and Multiple Native Riparian Species

Flow Rates:

900 cfs - April 15 to June 14
400 cfs - June 15 to July 15
200 cfs - July 16 to August 14
100 cfs - August 15 to March 15
200 cfs - March 16 to April 14

The Colorado Water Conservation Board instructed the attorney general to file the water right applications by the end of the calendar year. Through yet another partnership with Gateway Canyon Resort, BLM secured approval for USGS to install a stream flow gage on one of resort's bridges over the Dolores River. That gage will be used to enforce the instream flow water right.
efranz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dolores, Dolores, Dolores Randaddy Whitewater Kayaking 2 05-12-2008 04:18 PM
Dolores Flows Cancelled storm11 Whitewater Kayaking 1 05-08-2006 10:31 PM
Dolores above Dolores this weekend? doloresdan Whitewater Kayaking 0 06-03-2005 03:03 PM
Dolores at high flows Jon514d Whitewater Kayaking 5 05-20-2005 12:08 PM
Any word on flows for the Dolores below McPhee? sward Whitewater Kayaking 3 03-22-2005 07:52 PM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.