Update- Lower Dolores Flows - Mountain Buzz

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Old 06-02-2008   #1
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Update- Lower Dolores Flows

This may be old news as it has been up on the Dolores Water Conservancy website for a few days...but...you may want to get yo butt down there now. The way I interpret this, they might release more after June 4th, but won't guarantee flows after June 4th. Reps from the Conservancy will have an info booth that the Dolores River Festival THIS weekend, so come on down for fun and ask these folks face to face any questions you might have!!

Copied from Dolores Water Conservancy District

Releases will continue at 800 cfs until Wednesday afternoon, when we will start decreasing at 25 cfs every 3 hours. Thursday will run about 600 cfs and Friday should be down around 400 cfs, which we plan to hold for the weekend. This is all measured by the DWR gage right below McPhee. Other posted gages may show less until the confluence with the San Miguel adds its flows, running today around 1000 cfs as shown on DWR website under Division 5. We will use these lower releases to make our final reservoir fill through next weekend, all dependent on the warm weather and inflows. Take this time to visit the Dolores River Festival Saturday June 7, 10AM until Sunday if you buy a camping pass. Plan to play on the upper Dolores above McPhee with flows currently projected above 1500 cfs. After this weekend when the reservoir fills early next week, Tuesday or Wednesday, more releases are expected between 500 to 1000 cfs, but varying daily. When McPhee is full, the first 800 cfs goes to irrigation water rights and the rest is released, because, of course, McPhee will be full. We will try to continue posting updates, but releases will vary daily. It is also unknown how long these releases may last, looks like about one to two weeks. Last chance for lower Dolores, but please plan short trips. Check back Thursday for any new developments.
Releases below 800 cfs starting 3:00 PM Wednesday June 4, 2008.
We will continue posting updates, but cannot guarantee minimum flows. The most current flows are available at Division of Water Resources site, Dolores gage below McPhee, Colorado Division of Water Resources. See more rafting detailed recommendations from our local Public Lands office at BLM Colorado | Field Offices San Juan Public Lands Center | Dolores River Information.

NOTE: Release estimates are approximate and updates will be made available based on emerging weather conditions, in-flow rates and reservoir levels. Future weekly updates will be available at this site.
For additional information about rafting on the Dolores River call the Dolores District, San Juan Public lands at 882-7296 or 882-7297

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