Drought Contingency Plan – Update

 

Revised Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) is available below.

The attached version shows the redline changes incorporating public comments.  This includes the appendices where Appendix C contains all the public comments.  A revised schedule is included in the September 6, 2017 Harris Water Engineering Memo.  From this point forward the MVIC & DWCD Boards will direct the DCP to a final version for Reclamation review.  Any further comments should be directed to the appropriate Board.

Letter to Boards for review updated draft Plan

Draft Dolores Project Drought Contingency Plan with red lines 20170906

Appendix A and documents

Appendix B and documents

Appendix C coverpage

Public Comments 1 of 2

Public Comments 2 of 2

 

Public Meeting on Lower Dolores River 2017 Boating Releases

Lower Dolores River

2017 Post Release

Presentation and Discussion

Wednesday, August 16th

Dolores Community Center

6 – 8 PM

2017 McPhee Release Update

Lower Dolores River

2017 Post Release

Presentation and Discussion

Wednesday, August 16th

Dolores Community Center

6 – 8 PM

Monday July 17, 2017:  As of today, releases below McPhee are at 78 CFS. Releases will remain around 78 CFS until mid September when they will drop to 40 CFS and hold there through the winter. Flows will rise again to 50 CFS in March.

 

Help Guide the Future

The survey remains open for awhile to provide feedback on your boating experience.  Please take some time to complete the American Whitewater survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AW_2017Dolores

The survey responses will inform and help shape future managed release planning efforts.

Current Notices:

Call 970-882-2164 Extension 5, 1 or 6 if you have questions.

Dolores River Boating Advocates:  www.doloresriverboating.org

American Whitewater: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/385/.

Dolores Gage:    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09166500

McPhee Elevation & Capacity:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_tabular.aspx?ID=MCPRESCO&MTYPE=ELEV

Dolores below McPhee:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=DOLBMCCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG

Slickrock Gage:  https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09168730

Bedrock Gage:          http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09171100

2017 McPhee Release Update

SHORT TERM HIGH FLOWS STILL IN EFFECT, FLOWS DROPPING, ROUGH FOOTING IN THE STREAM BED.

Thursday July 13, 2017:  Releases below McPhee are currently still at 450 CFS and will decrease to 200 CFS this afternoon.  These special releases from CPW are intended to hinder non-native Small Mouth Bass (SMB) spawning down river. Releases will remain at 450 CFS through 3:00 PM today, then flows flows will ramp back down to 78 CFS by early tomorrow morning (4:00 AM).

 

Help Guide the Future

The survey remains open for awhile to provide feedback on your boating experience.  Please take some time to complete the American Whitewater survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AW_2017Dolores

The survey responses will inform and help shape future managed release planning efforts.

Current Notices:

Call 970-882-2164 Extension 5, 1 or 6 if you have questions.

Dolores River Boating Advocates:  www.doloresriverboating.org

American Whitewater: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/385/.

Dolores Gage:    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09166500

McPhee Elevation & Capacity:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_tabular.aspx?ID=MCPRESCO&MTYPE=ELEV

Dolores below McPhee:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=DOLBMCCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG

Slickrock Gage:  https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09168730

Bedrock Gage:          http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09171100

2017 McPhee Release Update

SHORT TERM HIGH FLOWS IN EFFECT, FLOWS RISING, ROUGH FOOTING IN THE STREAM BED.

Monday July 10, 2017:  Releases below McPhee are currently at 200 CFS and will increase to 450 CFS around midnight tonight.  These special releases from CPW are intended to hinder non-native Small Mouth Bass (SMB) spawning down river. Releases will remain at 450 CFS through 3:00 PM Thursday July 13.  Then the flows will ramp back down to 78 CFS by early Friday morning (4:00 AM).

 

Help Guide the Future

The survey remains open for awhile to provide feedback on your boating experience.  Please take some time to complete the American Whitewater survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AW_2017Dolores

The survey responses will inform and help shape future managed release planning efforts.

Current Notices:

Call 970-882-2164 Extension 5, 1 or 6 if you have questions.

Dolores River Boating Advocates:  www.doloresriverboating.org

American Whitewater: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/385/.

Dolores Gage:    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09166500

McPhee Elevation & Capacity:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_tabular.aspx?ID=MCPRESCO&MTYPE=ELEV

Dolores below McPhee:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=DOLBMCCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG

Slickrock Gage:  https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09168730

Bedrock Gage:          http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09171100

2017 McPhee Release Update

SHORT TERM CHANGES NEXT WEEK, FLOWS RISING, ROUGH FOOTING IN THE STREAM BED.

Friday July 7, 2017:  Releases below McPhee have been at 78 CFS for over a week now.  Some special releases from CPW will start next week to hinder non-native Small Mouth Bass (SMB) spawning down river.  Releases below McPhee will remain at 78 CFS through this weekend and start rising Monday morning.  Starting from 78 CFS at 8:00 AM Monday the releases will rise to 450 CFS by midnight 12:00 AM Tuesday July 11.  The releases will remain at 450 CFS through 4:00 PM Thursday July 13.  Then the flows will ramp back down to 78 CFS by early Friday morning (4:00 AM).

 

Help Guide the Future

The survey remains open for awhile to provide feedback on your boating experience.  Please take some time to complete the American Whitewater survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AW_2017Dolores

The survey responses will inform and help shape future managed release planning efforts.

Current Notices:

Call 970-882-2164 Extension 5, 1 or 6 if you have questions.

Dolores River Boating Advocateswww.doloresriverboating.org

American Whitewater: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/385/.

Dolores Gage:    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09166500

McPhee Elevation & Capacity:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_tabular.aspx?ID=MCPRESCO&MTYPE=ELEV

Dolores below McPhee:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=DOLBMCCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG

Slickrock Gage:  https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09168730

Bedrock Gage:          http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09171100

HOUSE CREEK BOAT RAMP EXTENDS HOURS OF OPERATION FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

DOLORES, Colorado – June 27, 2017

To help accommodate increased motorized boating at McPhee Reservoir, the invasive species inspection station for the House Creek Boat Ramp will extend its hours of operation over the coming holiday weekend. The House Creek inspection station will be open from 6a.m. to 8p.m. Friday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 4. McPhee is one of a few reservoirs in southwestern Colorado with operating mussel inspection stations that allow for motorized boating in its waters. In addition to House Creek, the inspection station at the McPhee Boat Ramp will remain open seven days a week from 6a.m. to 8 p.m.; however, the McPhee Boat Ramp is often more crowded than the House Creek Boat Ramp. All other access points to McPhee Reservoir have been gated to prevent uninspected boats from entering the reservoir.

All motorized boats should be prepped prior to launching to reduce time at the ramp.  Previously inspected boats carrying documentation and tags moving through the inspection station process in about 10 minutes.  The process for boats that have not been cleaned, drained and dried, and thus require decontamination takes more time.

 

For more information, contact Tom Rice at 970 882 6843.

Drought Contingency Plan-Update

DWCD will host a public meeting to discuss McElmo concerns with the current Draft Drought Contingency Plan.

McElmo Public Meeting

7:00 PM Monday July 17, 2017

DWCD Cortez Office 60 S. Cactus Street

Final comments are now due July 21, 2017 for future consideration by the MVIC and DWCD Boards, tentatively scheduled for September.

Comments are being collected by: Harris Water Engineering 954 East Second Av. Durango, CO 81301 or via email at comments@durangowater.com. A copy of the plan is available at http://doloreswater.com/category/news-and-announcements/.

 

PROPOSED AND UPDATED

COMPLETION SCHDULE AND APPROVALS

 

July 2017 Board Meetings DWCD Board Meeting – July 13
MVIC Board Meeting – July 11
Board Comments Due July 21 by EOD
Public Comments Due July 21 by EOD
Planning Task Force Reviews Comments July 31
August 2017 Comments Matrix with recommendations from the Planning Task Force on how each comment will be addressed in the Plan DWCD Board Meeting – August 10
MVIC Board Meeting – August 8
September 2017 Boards review, modify, and approve how each comment is addressed DWCD Board Meeting – September 14
MVIC Board Meeting – September 12
HWE incorporates comments in the next draft of the Plan Ongoing in September
Optional: Comments and recommendations posted on the website September 18
October 2017 Redlined and clean versions of the Plan provided to the Boards for review DWCD Board Meeting – October 12
MVIC Board Meeting – October 10
November 2017 Discuss with Boards any additional comments to be incorporated DWCD Board Meeting – November 9
MVIC Board Meeting – November 14
Final draft of Plan submitted to Bureau of Reclamation for review November 17
January 2018 Boards review any comments provided by Bureau of Reclamation; possible Boards’ action of acceptance of the Plan (depending on level of comments received) DWCD Board Meeting – January 9
MVIC Board Meeting – January 11
February 2018 Possible Boards’ action of acceptance of the Plan DWCD Board Meeting – February 8
MVIC Board Meeting – February 13
March 2018 Final Plan due to Bureau of Reclamation March 31

 

2017 McPhee Release Update

Thursday June 22, 2017:  Downstream releases are at 600 CFS and will hold there until 7:00 AM tomorrow morning before beginning to drop at a rate of 25 CFS every 3 hours again. This pattern of dropping 200 CFS for a day, then holding for a day will continue until flows reach 78 CFS. CPW will then budget the fish pool and final summer release rates will be posted later this month.

Now that the ramp-down has begun and inflows are falling steadily, updates will no longer be posted daily.

As usual, the USGS Dolores River Gage at Dolores remains the best representation of inflows into McPhee (see the links below).

Those interested in utilizing the river during the following days should check the Dolores River Below McPhee Gage for flows directly beneath the dam (link below)

Help Guide the Future

As you finish your raft trip, please take some time to complete the American Whitewater survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AW_2017Dolores

The survey responses will inform and help shape future managed release planning efforts.

We will continue daily updates.  When the inflows basically equal outflows we will start the ramp down.  Ramp down below 800 CFS will extend over 6 days (Daily Avg. releases of 700 CFS, 600 CFS, 500 CFS, 400 CFS, 300 CFS, 200 CFS) allowing those on the water some time to land.

 

Current Notices:

 

Call 970-882-2164 Extension 5, 1 or 6 if you have questions.

SLICKROCK:  Continue to monitor DRBA for latest on Slickrock. Slickrock put-in/take-out access will happen on private property downstream of Hwy 141 bridge (bridge crosses Dolores River) about 200 yards past bridge on river left.  Look for small flagging in bushes on left.  DO NOT use the old boat ramp on river right upstream of bridge.  That is private property and is not accessible this season.  Additional info about Slickrock access and other information here from Dolores River Boating Advocateswww.doloresriverboating.org

BEDROCK BRIDGE:  CDOT updates at https://www.codot.gov/news/2017-news/march/caution-to-boaters-near-co-90-bedrock-bridge-low-bridge-in-place-through-april-8-intermittent-river-closures-begin-mid-april .

 

American Whitewater also provides good information about this year’s rafting opportunities and details for boaters at http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/385/.

 

Dolores Gage:    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09166500

McPhee Elevation & Capacity:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_tabular.aspx?ID=MCPRESCO&MTYPE=ELEV

Dolores below McPhee:  http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=DOLBMCCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG

Slickrock Gage:  https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09168730

Bedrock Gage:          http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09171100

 

McPhee Boat Ramp Use Increases in 2017

United States Department of Agriculture

San Juan National Forest
15 Burnett Ct.

Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-4874

www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/

@SanJuanNF

News Release

MCPHEE RESERVOIR EXPERIENCING INCREASED USE

-Boaters Urged to Use Parking Areas and Ramps Efficiently-

DOLORES, Colorado – June 22, 2017 – McPhee Reservoir is seeing increased use this summer due to decreased opportunities for motorized boating on other southwestern Colorado reservoirs that have been closed to guard against the introduction of aquatic nuisance species. McPhee is one of a few reservoirs in southwestern Colorado with operating mussel inspection stations that allow for motorized boating in its waters.

The McPhee boat ramp has seen an 85 percent increase in inspections this summer from last year.  Because of the increased usage, parking areas and boat ramps are experiencing heavy congestion, especially on weekends.  The Forest Service urges visitors to use parking areas and ramps as efficiently as possible to lessen congestion.  Boats should be prepped prior to launching to reduce time at the ramp and directional traffic signs in the parking lots should be followed to ensure safety for all visitors.

Those parking vehicles without trailers are asked to use overflow parking areas to leave the larger main parking areas available for vehicles with trailers.  Weekday users will find less crowded conditions.  Those who do visit on weekends could consider using the House Creek Boat Ramp as an alternative, which is often less crowded.

The inspection stations are working smoothly, with previously inspected boats carrying documentation and tags moving through the process within five to 10 minutes.  Boats that have not been cleaned, drained and dried, and thus require decontamination procedures are urged to enter inspection stations during weekdays, rather than during busy weekends, as this process takes more time.

Inspection stations are open seven days a week at the McPhee Boat Ramp and Friday through Monday at the House Creek Boat Ramp, both from 6a.m. to 8 p.m.  All other access points to McPhee Reservoir have been gated to prevent uninspected boats from entering the reservoir.

For more information, contact Tom Rice at 970 882 6843

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