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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2019 McPhee Release Update

March 20,2019:  The record snowfalls of early March have pushed forecasts up 50% driving the chances of a McPhee managed release, “spill”, over 50%.  Based on current low storage any spill would not start until mid to late May and could last from 2 to 4 weeks.  That leaves it almost 2 months out to monitor

2019 McPhee Release Update

Thursday March 7, 2019:  McPhee is currently releasing 40 CFS for the downstream fishery. Releases in April will be planned later in March using CBRFC’s mid-month runoff forecast. The CBRFC runoff forecasts for the McPhee basin have been growing rapidly through the season, and have surpassed the historical average runoff. More, the current snowpack is already greater

2019 McPhee Release Update

Wednesday February 20, 2019:  McPhee is currently releasing 28 CFS for the downstream fishery. Releases will continue at this rate until ramping up to 35 CFS at the end of the month, then 40 CFS in mid-March. Releases in April will be planned in March when the runoff forecast has had time to mature. While the CBRFC

McPhee Release Update April 30, 2018

Limited Fish Pool Releases Below McPhee CBRFC forecasts have continued to fall as each storm passed by the upper Dolores watershed.  There will be no spill (managed release) in 2018.  The fish pool like the farmers will be shorted in 2018.  CPW continues to evaluate and update release amounts with each new forecast.  Fishery releases

2018 McPhee Release Update

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

2018 McPhee Release Update

Wednesday January 10, 2018:  McPhee currently releasing 40 CFS for the downstream fishery. Releases will continue at this rate until March 1st, when they will increase to 50 CFS, then to 64 CFS on March 16th. Current runoff forecasts for the Dolores are not optimistic, with a 50% probability that McPhee could receive only 130,000 AF

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.

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

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

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