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Old 05-13-2016   #1
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Nail in Dolores coffin - 2016

The Durango Herald 05/12/2016 | Chances drying up for rafting the Dolores River

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Old 05-16-2016   #2
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Wax Up the Emerald Mile - Watch for Overtopping

Previous Elevation 6909.43 Ft Present Elevation 6912.08 Ft Full Reservoir Elevation 6924.00 Ft
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I feel lucky to have run Ponderosa gorge and the Big Gyp to Bedrock sections in 2010 and 2011. We may never again have enough water in McPhee to allow for a boatable discharge. The boating community got left on the sideline when the "rules" were made for this river. Sad, very sad indeed.
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It might be time to pull the nail out of the coffin and make our Memorial Day weekend plans
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Spring Storms Might Force a Release

Absolutely no generosity or credit due the Dolores Water Lords. The release will only happen if, and only if, McPhee is full and can hold no more. If storms coincide with a warm-up in the high country - who knows what 2016 may bring (or take out).

Monday May 16, 2016
McPhee Downstream Release Update


Recent heavy precipitation last week and coming this week puts McPhee back on track for a SMALL & SHORT spill.May mid-month CBRFC Forecast is back up to 245 KAF inflow to McPhee recognizing above average precipitation last week and on-going. Combined with a cool slow start to irrigation season, Mcphee has passed elevation 6912, only 12 more feet until full. Watch the Lake Elevation page for midnight updates. McPhee should hit elevation 6920' next week and we will announce any planned boating releases. A boating release will likely cover the Memorial Day weekend and last 5 - 10 days at 1,000 +/- CFS. Releases could ramp up late next week. Stay tuned for more updates later this week as we assess the full storm affect (CBRFC) and other flow and diversion conditions.
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Water lords?
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Water lords?
Yeah.....that would be the lords who hope for 4 alfalfa cuttings in a season.
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Claiming this from the last Dolores thread...


"Well,

I'd be willing to wager that the present snowpack has been inaccurately gauged, the reservoir will reach full pool, and the Dam crew will have to spill water.

The spillage, however, will come in the form of a poorly planned slow leak that never reaches "boatable flows".


But I'm going to go ahead and amend to add that the spill will last much longer than they claim, so if you miss Mem day weekend, you can still get some. However there will be no advanced notice that they will continue spilling. Or they will ramp down, but inflow will continue, so they will let the water dribble out, but at a minimal flow, as capacity is exceeded. ....dipshits.
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Claiming this from the last Dolores thread...


"Well,

I'd be willing to wager that the present snowpack has been inaccurately gauged, the reservoir will reach full pool, and the Dam crew will have to spill water.

The spillage, however, will come in the form of a poorly planned slow leak that never reaches "boatable flows".


But I'm going to go ahead and amend to add that the spill will last much longer than they claim, so if you miss Mem day weekend, you can still get some. However there will be no advanced notice that they will continue spilling. Or they will ramp down, but inflow will continue, so they will let the water dribble out, but at a minimal flow, as capacity is exceeded. ....dipshits.
Sounds like you been on this ride before... Yeah, I expect your prediction to be pretty accurate.
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