Releases Archive

 

This data is provisional and subject to change due to Dolores River inflow, future precipitation, weather patterns, managed release criteria and use.

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McPhee Release Update for Thursday July 11, 2019 – Spill Has Ended

The 2019 managed release from McPhee has ended. This will be the final spill update posted for this release.   Downstream releases are down to base flows of approximately 85 CFS, where they are expected to remain through August. In early September, releases will dial down to 75 CFS, after which they will drop to

McPhee Release Update for Friday July 8, 2019

McPhee is currently releasing flows of approximately 400 CFS downstream as it follows its final ramp-down to base flows.  Inflows are dropping daily, at a rate of up to a couple hundred CFS per day, until the snowpack runs out. Releases will fall accordingly, and are expected to reach base-flows later this week, ending the spill. Current weather

McPhee Release Update for Friday July 5, 2019

Late last night, July 4th, inflows fell enough that releases dropped below 800 CFS. Releases are currently approximately 700 CFS, and will fall steadily throughout the day. The decline in inflows along with the warm weather confirms that the seasonal recession has begun. This means that inflows will now fall daily, at a rate of

McPhee Release Update for Wednesday July 3, 2019

McPhee is currently releasing flows of approximately 1,000 CFS downstream. Releases are now projected to decrease following the seasonal recession downward.  Daily release patterns are expected to fluctuate following the diurnal runoff pattern. Please read this whole post before planning a Dolores River trip downstream of McPhee. All signs indicate that the Dolores River has

McPhee Release Update for Monday July 1, 2019

McPhee is currently releasing flows of approximately 1,500 CFS downstream as releases decrease following the diurnal runoff pattern. As of Friday June 28th, McPhee has reached full. Releases are varying as necessary to equalize total reservoir outflows (including diversions) with total inflows in order to maintain McPhee’s water surface elevation at full, or 6924 FT.

McPhee Release Update for Wednesday June 26, 2019

McPhee is currently releasing flows of approximately 1,200 CFS downstream. Releases are expected to remain at 1,200 CFS until tomorrow afternoon, Thursday June 27th, when they are expected to ramp down to 800 CFS, but no lower. Releases will remain at approximately 800 CFS into Friday June 28th and potentially into June 29th while McPhee

McPhee Release Update for Monday June 24, 2019

McPhee is currently releasing flows of approximately 1,200 CFS downstream. After a brief spike in inflows Friday, cold weather brought inflows rapidly down. Releases have ramped down to 1,200 CFS to allow McPhee to fill the last 5 inches. Releases are expected to remain at 1,200 CFS through Thursday June 27th and at or above

McPhee Release Update for Sunday June 23, 2019

McPhee is currently releasing flows of approximately 1,500 CFS downstream. After spiking Friday, cold weather brought inflows rapidly down. Releases are currently ramping down to 1,200 CFS, which they are expected to reach at midnight tonight. Releases are expected to remain at 1,200 CFS going into the week. Releases will remain at or above 1,200

McPhee Release Update for Friday June 21, 2019

McPhee is currently releasing flows of approximately 1,600 CFS downstream. In response to inflows spiking higher than expected today, releases are currently ramping up to 2,000 CFS, which they are expected to reach at midnight Saturday morning June 22nd. Releases are expected to remain at 2,000 CFS until Monday June 24th, when releases will ramp

McPhee Release Update for Wednesday June 19, 2019

McPhee is currently releasing flows of 1,200 CFS downstream. Releases are currently expected to remain at 1,200 CFS until Friday June 21st to allow McPhee to finish filling, when releases will ramp up as necessary to balance reservoir inflows and outflows (which include both irrigation diversions and downstream releases) through the weekend and into next