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Old 02-17-2019   #11
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Never have actually run the Dolores above the Dam, would like to get up there some time, bet it will be kicking this year! If anybody wants a rafter do drag along, let me know!

Run Gateway down several times, and I really enjoy that section. State line seems to get longer by the year, with the debris flows, bought 3 miles of class 4 and 3, now. Always seems to give fellow GC and Cat boaters some hesitation, sure do enjoy it out there, though! Let me know if somebody wants to go run Gateway! So far skunked on permits this year, still waiting on Idaho results....

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Old 02-17-2019   #12
 
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Yesterday the Durango Herald had an article which said that 135% of normal will fill the reservoirs but they were talking Vallecito and Lemon. Supposedly going to get another two feet between tonight and Tuesday and another big storm heading to next weekend. I'll bet 200% will make Mcphee spill. Could happen.
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Old 02-22-2019   #13
 
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2019 McPhee Release Update :: Dolores Water Conservancy District


"it is still highly unlikely that there will be a spill (or managed release) in 2019. This is due to the extremely low carryover in McPhee coming out of the 2018 shortage."
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Old 02-25-2019   #14
 
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The DWCD could not predict if a dropped rock would hit the ground anytime soon. That lake is not THAT big. I recall the same scenario happening a few years back. No chance of a spill they posted, so we brought class three canoes hoping for 100 CFS. The next morning we woke to 4000CFS, perfect for a raft. We launched knowing Snaggletooth would be a drag around but managed all others with strategic sneaks in our overwhelmed craft. Was a classic adventure regardless and we had the river to ourselves. Poke a hole in that dam! Of all the ones needing decommissioned, that's #1.
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Old 03-11-2019   #15
 
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Well... The DWCD is now saying there is a 10-15% probability of a "fill n spill", and those snow piles are getting big in the San Juan! More snow on the way!

http://doloreswater.com/releases/201...ease-update-2/
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Old 03-13-2019   #16
 
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134% of total average before todays totals. Probably be 140% on tomorrows snotel run. C'mon snow.
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El Diente 171, Lizard Head 147, Sharks Tooth 126 now....
Gate Way canyon running @ 887cfs currently.
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Been snowing a bit

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El Diente 171, Lizard Head 147, Sharks Tooth 126 now....
Gate Way canyon running @ 887cfs currently.
Dumping all day at 7200'. At least 12" here today - and wet and heavy. And heavy rain yesterday. Its very soggy.
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As of March 14 our snotel was 156% , we need 170% to have full irrigation allocation ,
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Old 03-15-2019   #20
 
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Will be crossing my fingers for a good wet summer. Hopefully we can keep water in that thing, and then some going down the river, instead of irrigating so much. Maybe that wet glop down there will just saturate some fields early season?

Hope for the best, at least things are improving!
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