Lower Dolores River gets impaired status

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Lower Dolores River gets impaired status

Colorado Department of Health cites high water temperature
Fish on the Lower Dolores River below McPhee dam suffer from low flows. In this recent photo, the river was running at about 10 cubic feet per second.
Sam Green/Cortez Journal ¬ Fish are piled up after being weighed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently did a fish count on the lower Dolores River. Recent rain storms brought the river up from 11 cfs below Slick Rock to close to 400 cfs. Because of the mud suddenly flowing with the river, the fish were dying while still in the river.

Lower Dolores River gets impaired status

Fish on the Lower Dolores River below McPhee dam suffer from low flows. In this recent photo, the river was running at about 10 cubic feet per second.
Sam Green/Cortez Journal ¬ Fish are piled up after being weighed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently did a fish count on the lower Dolores River. Recent rain storms brought the river up from 11 cfs below Slick Rock to close to 400 cfs. Because of the mud suddenly flowing with the river, the fish were dying while still in the river.
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