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Old 03-24-2008   #1
 
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Reclamation Expects Boatable flows for the Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir

Currently the runoff forecast for the McPhee Reservoir is at 157% of average. Reclamation has put together a tentative schedule for the flows on the Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir for April through June.

This data is provisional and subject to change due to Dolores River inflow, inaccuracies in the weather forecast model, future precipitation, weather patterns, fill and spill criteria, and user demand.


April 2 thru 13: 800 cfs

April 14 thru 17: 500 cfs, low flows for Division of Wildlife fishery work

April 18 thru May 30: 2,000 cfs or more, we will start ramping flows up on the 18th

June: flows look boatable through June 21 but will be uncertain

The best way to get current information on releases and any changes is to visit the Dolores Water Conservancy District's website at: http://www.doloreswater.com. The website will be updated every Monday in April and every Monday and Thursday in May and June. For more recreation information you can contact the Dolores Bureau of Land Management Office at 970-882-7296.

Please remember: The downstream release is subject to change. The spill is dependent upon inflow and runoff conditions.

I hope you have a fun and safe boating season on the Dolores River!

Justyn Hock
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Bureau of Reclamation
Western Colorado Area Office

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This data is provisional and subject to change due to Dolores River inflow, inaccuracies in the weather forecast model, future precipitation, weather patterns, fill and spill criteria, and user demand.
user demand means bean farmers not boaters. boycott beans from dolores county if you want water. oh and if you think biofuels are so green, guess where the water comes from?
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Thanks for the post justyn,

It is great news to see some flow in the Dolores, it would be great to have a dependable boatable flow when you say there will be.

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Don't believe till you see it...
Amen!

I doubt I am the only one to have the ranger wake me up at the putin and tell me to go NOW because they are shutting off the water.
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sounds like the authorities down in that part of the state could use a "public image enhancement", what with unsteady releases and drug raids and all...Is that what you do, J. Hock, as a public affairs guy?

when were these abrupt releases y'all are talking about? Can Hock shed any light?...regardless, I'm headed down in May, and looking forward to it..
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sounds like the authorities down in that part of the state could use a "public image enhancement", what with unsteady releases and drug raids and all...Is that what you do, J. Hock, as a public affairs guy?

when were these abrupt releases y'all are talking about? Can Hock shed any light?...regardless, I'm headed down in May, and looking forward to it..
Peak,

I'm not sure what you are talking about. I work for the Bureau of Reclamation and only have information on the happenings in my office. As for the flows they are subject to change which is why we always put the following statement on released information:

This data is provisional and subject to change due to Dolores River inflow, inaccuracies in the weather forecast model, future precipitation, weather patterns, fill and spill criteria, and user demand.


I do my best to get the most current information out as quickly as possible, which is why have started posting here. If you need more information I can be reached at 970-248-0625. By the way, I'm the public affairs gal.

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Ms.(Mrs.?) Hock,

don't get me wrong, I appreciate the heads-up rerojected releases. I realize we're not boating a Disneyland and flows are unpredictable...but as a member of the boating community, I sense some frustration with the powers that be down in that part of the state...not trying to bust your chops or punish you for working at the B. of Wreck. or anything...

and I'm sorry for calling you a guy.
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