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Allocating Dolores River Flows

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Bob Bragg
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McPhee Reservoir

Balancing the water supply provided by the Dolores River is no easy task for the Dolores Water Conservancy District. Recreational boaters want robust flows down stream of McPhee Reservoir, and farmers who depend on irrigation water want a full reservoir to start the growing season. However, this year, the River has delivered both, with over 40 days of boat-able flows as well as the Reservoir being full on June 22nd , an event that hasn’t happened very often since the Reservoir filled in 1987.