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Old 03-15-2019   #21
 
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Releases :: Dolores Water Conservancy District

This was updated about a week ago. 10-15% chance of a "fill and spill" release in late may. "So you're telling me there's a chance!"

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Old 03-15-2019   #22
 
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Yeah , both my neighbors are on the dwcd board & apparently they are trying to leave water in the reservoir to irrigate for the following year instead of draining it and leaving little for the next year , so that actually bodes well for us rafters as it will stay at a higher level from now on ! 🙏
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C'mon DWCD all we want is 1500 cfs on weekends for as long as the water lasts. How many acre feet can that be. Dream on.
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It's actually 5,950 Acre Feet per weekend or about 2.6% of McFee's use-able capacity.
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2.6% per weekend, that's it?? Geez those farmers and water managers sure a selfish lot. Seems like our tax dollars went into the construction of the dam and all the infrastructure tied to it. Our tax dollars continue to be spent on maintaining the dam and infrastructure. Seems to me that those conservative folks on the DRWC board and the farmers that benefit from the operation of the dam and infrastructure are "gasp" being subsidized by the government they they loudly proclaim to not need. Hmm.
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I would have thought they would have figured it out when there were hundreds of trucks and trailers in Slickrock all of a sudden. Doh.
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http://doloreswater.com/releases/201...elease-update/

50% of 2-4 week spill now...
100% of a 3 day?!?
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2019 McPhee Release Update :: Dolores Water Conservancy District

50% of 2-4 week spill now...
100% of a 3 day?!?

Oh boy.......Going out to air the boat up.
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This mornings snotel says 144% of average yearly total. C'mon snowpack.
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McPhee needs 216,706 AF to fill, and the minimum CRBFC ESP forecast is 361,000 AF, so there's about 144,000 AF minimum out there. The CPC forecasts call for a warm and wet next 6-10 and 8-14 days, a pretty average April (windy, sometimes wet, typical spring stuff), and a wetter than normal April/May/June. The next few weeks should get the runoff started, and any additional rain events will just speed it up. I'm watching the Slickrock gauge to see all the mid-elevation snow melt off over the next two weeks, you could probably get a trip in somewhere if you did it quick enough. It was a very good winter at all elevations, and our drought is almost completely gone in the span of three months (it seems it will be gone from central CO this Thursday with just abnormally dry conditions as a relic of 2018's drought in the SW corner).

And if there's only 144k AF actually up there as a surplus, that is 36 days at 2,000 CFS......which seems really high to me. I know they'll be irrigating the same time they're filling this year, but the 50% forecast has 258k AF surplus, and the max (just shy of all time max) has 435k AF after you fill the reservoir.

I can't see how it's not 100% at this point, and I'm guessing by the fact they're having a meeting on April 18 the DWCD is betting it's a sure thing.
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