Thursday March 15, 2018: McPhee currently releasing 50 CFS for the downstream fishery. Releases will continue at this rate until ramping up to 66 CFS for tomorrow, which will continue to the end of the month. Releases in April are anticipated to be 50 CFS; however, due to the variability in the current runoff forecasts, planned downstream releases in April and beyond are subject to change. The runoff forecast has dropped since January: as of March 1st, the CBRFC 50% exceedance forecast for McPhee April through July inflows was only 113,000 AF. The SNOTEL sites are averaging only 46% of the median snow pack as of today, March 15th — down from the beginning of the month.
Based on these forecasts, it is highly unlikely that a controlled release from McPhee will occur this year.
We will update this page again in April with any new developments.
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