Lower Dolores Memorial Day Weekend.... - Mountain Buzz

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Old 05-22-2009   #1
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Lower Dolores Memorial Day Weekend....

...So says the Dolores Water Conservancy District...
(don't get me started, argh!!!). The inflow is down at the moment (1640cfs), but the outflow appears to be ramping up some (1310 from a pretty steady 1200). We got on it last weekend, made other plans for this weekend! ARGH! The rain may be influncing this...who the hell knows.

Dolores River Below McPhee Reservoir
(updated Friday 5-22-09, 9:00AM)
The River inflow stabilized somewhat over the last 24 hours so we plan continued releases through the weekend, between 800 CFS to 1200 CFS. We are holding the Reservoir steady, so we are releasing the inflow less the 800+ CFS diversions. So, when the inflow dips below 1700 CFS for 24 hours we will start ramping down. Keep an eye on the Dolores gage USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 09166500 DOLORES RIVER AT DOLORES, CO. or access DOLDOLCO through the DWR site at bottom of this page. We still canít predict where the River inflows will head, but they are generally headed down, albeit slowly. When inflows do lower below 1700 CFS we will post and start a slow ramp down over several days to avoid stranding rafters on the river.

We will watch and continue posting updates as we see the numbers off the Dolores River gage at Dolores.

Memorial Day releases start out pretty good today, 1000 CFS, and look to stay steady between 800 Ė 1200 CFS through the weekend and then ramping down with River inflows. Multi-day trips will continue to get more difficult, so get on now.
June rafting is unlikely and currently unexpected.

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Old 05-23-2009   #2
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Any word on flows for Sunday?
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Old 05-26-2009   #3
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The Dolores Conservancy District needs to hire a real hydrologist to do their predictions. The only thing they are currently capable of is predicting the past. We changed our plans to raft from Bradfield down to open canoes over the holiday. Took off river yesterday morning at Slickrock at a 2210 flow. The dam folk were predicting as late as Wed. the flow would be below 800 on Thurs. and falling further each day. Still, we had a great time boating all drops save snag which would have been a certain wreck in open boats. What a gorgeous read and run river!
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