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Old 02-17-2017   #1
 
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From AW - "Releases To Lower Dolores River Certain In 2017"

"Releases for the lower Dolores River are certain in 2017, and the most probable February forecasts indicate 61 days of streamflow below McPhee Dam above 800cfs! Included in this season's preliminary release schedule, are 39 days above 2000cfs, and 4 days at 4000 cfs. Flows over Memorial Day weekend, are expected to be 2500cfs"

American Whitewater - Releases to Lower Dolores River certain in 2017.

I might be a bit early to get too excited, but this is promising!

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Thanks to the local advocates and AW for the years of hard work!
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Old 02-18-2017   #3
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Yes! What Philip Said!
I'm hoping two years in a row of boatable water help to put the Dolores into the front of River Runners minds, and spur us into supporting the groups that have been working there tails off for this river!!
I think last year saw a positive boater presence down there. We should be on our very best behaviour again, friendly to Locals, pick up trash meticulously, keep Booze and 420 on the D.L. around folks that live there, contribute to the economy when we can, basically act like the best river runners, that we all are.
Freekin stoked for this water year!
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Old 02-18-2017   #4
 
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I'll be on the Dolores this spring again, but holy crap was it crowded last year, every patch of usable camping ground was -- used on the Slickrock to Bedrock stretch.

Perhaps with a longer season the river corridor will not be as packed...though Memorial Day weekend will be crazy.


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Yes to all the posts, so far. Thanks for the GOOD VIBES!

To everyone reading this post, it should be noted that I, as a DRBA board member, have some access to info and some understanding of the pertinent issues/forces, but that DRBA does not have any "vote" in anything, we only have a seat at the discussion table, and that everything in this post is ONLY my best guess and opinion.

We will likely have a release that's counted in weeks, not days. Yes, Memorial Day will be ka-ray-zee, and so will the leading edge of the release, but anyone who can prioritize weekday launches will be rewarded.

Yesterday, as the AW article came out, Ken Curtis (the DWCD water engineer) came on our local radio station KSJD (that interview is likely archived), to talk about this stuff and he tentatively predicted 30-70 days of boatable flows. He is a good guy, who really sympathizes with all sides, but who's job security is tied to the AG community's priorities. So, he tends to be very conservative and cautious in his public statements.

What will be happening in the coming weeks, are communications and meetings between water managers, fishery managers, farmers and boaters, to discuss "shaping" the release for optimal benefit, for recreation, fish, river channel rehab (note: boater input, through proper channels is welcome. Proper channels would be the websites of DRBA, DWCD, AW, BLM, FB and similar. To be helpful, please keep your comments civil and articulate).

This is the kind of opportunity we've all been waiting for, for a number of years. Finally, enough water to "play with". There should be enough water to implement some of these experimental, but untried, flow models, to finally start to see what works and what doesn't. Boaters will likely give up a few days of minimal flows, in order to have a few days of higher (channel flushing) flows. Also, there is a pretty good chance that the lake will fill before the traditional BOR target date of Memorial Day, which means the release may begin earlier in May, by necessity. This will also be a rare opportunity for folks to do the whole run, from Bradfield to Moab, which is about 215 miles (!!), or any shorter version, given all the access points. YAHOO!!

The best places for info are:

DWCD website.
Dolores Water Conservancy District
(They just switched to a new website and there is no current info yet, except for lake level info, but they will update release info as it comes in.)

DRBA's website.
Dolores River Boating Advocates

BLM Tres Rios office (headwaters to Bedrock).
https://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/sjpl...sjdolores.html

BLM Montrose (Bedrock to Gateway)
https://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo/...formation.html

BLM Moab (Gateway to Moab)
There is something screwy going on with Utah BLM...can't seem to find the Moab BLM field office site (which used to exist).

AW's Dolores page.
https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...t/view/id/121/

LET'S GO BOATIN'!!
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Thanks Wade for everything you guys are doing. JT
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There is something screwy going on with Utah BLM...can't seem to find the Moab BLM field office site (which used to exist).

Thanks for sharing the good news about the Dolores flows for 2017!
The BLM, agency wide, recently switched the platform that they utilize for their web pages. As a result the vast majority of the site specific information is no longer available online. We continue to work with both the State and National offices in an effort to get State by State and localized Field Office information back up and available.

Permits are required to run the Gateway to Dewey Bridge section of the Dolores and may be obtained by calling 435-259-7012 between 8 and 12 Monday through Fridays with the exception of Federal holidays. There are currently no private use limits and we can email your permit. In order to manage our workload we prefer that you coordinate your trip logistics and obtain the permit close to your launch date (or the date that you anticipate passing Gateway if on a longer float) rather than book a launch weeks in advance and not use the permit.

Thank you for your patience during the web page transition and happy boating.
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BLM Moab (Gateway to Moab)
There is something screwy going on with Utah BLM...can't seem to find the Moab BLM field office site (which used to exist).

Thanks for sharing the good news about the Dolores flows for 2017!
The BLM, agency wide, recently switched the platform that they utilize for their web pages. As a result the vast majority of the site specific information is no longer available online. We continue to work with both the State and National offices in an effort to get State by State and localized Field Office information back up and available.

Permits are required to run the Gateway to Dewey Bridge section of the Dolores and may be obtained by calling 435-259-7012 between 8 and 12 Monday through Fridays with the exception of Federal holidays. There are currently no private use limits and we can email your permit. In order to manage our workload we prefer that you coordinate your trip logistics and obtain the permit close to your launch date (or the date that you anticipate passing Gateway if on a longer float) rather than book a launch weeks in advance and not use the permit.

Thank you for your patience during the web page transition and happy boating.
COOL! Thanks for the info, Jennifer!
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Thanks Wade for everything you guys are doing. JT
And thanks for your support, JT. The river, she is callin'!
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That's some encouraging news about DWCD Grumper!
Hopefully we can continue to shape how Dolores water is handled, into a more balanced thing that benefits all interests reasonably well.

Definitely happy to give up a couple days of boatable flows for flushing out the river channel, the river needs this so very badly after all these years of almost no water in it.

A huge thanks to DRBA to, I know they have been working diligently for a long time, to help the cause of the Dolores, and boaters getting to see this amazing river, will definitely be continuing to support them as best I can.

Thanks for the permit info to, Jeniffer! Of places I've boated, the moab unit has been one of them that I think does a great job, so thanks!
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