Fishing

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Researchers flock to Lower Dolores for ecological studies

An army of biologists and environmentalists is descending on the Lower Dolores River to study the ecological benefits of a rare high-volume release from McPhee Dam. Biologists with Colorado Parks...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Dolores water district bans boating at Totten Lake

The Dolores Water Conservancy District board voted unanimously on Thursday to close Totten Lake to all boating to prevent contamination by non-native quagga and zebra mussels. The mussels, which...

DATE: March 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Montezuma irrigation company bans boats at Narraguinnep

Narraguinnep Reservoir has been closed to all boating to avoid an invasive mussel contamination, according to lake managers. The permanent boating ban went into effect Tuesday, said Brandon...

DATE: March 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Climate study shows trouble for Dolores Basin

Fish habitat in the upper Dolores River basin is at risk from overall warmer weather and longer, more intense droughts, according to a long-term climate study recently released by Trout Unlimited....

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Fear of invasive mussel spreads to two Cortez-area reservoirs

Managers of Groundhog and Narraguinnep reservoirs are considering controlling boat access to prevent contamination of the troublesome quagga and zebra mussels. The lakes are owned by the Montezuma...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Business owners critical of McPhee plan

A plan by McPhee Reservoir managers to block lake access when boat inspectors are absent would hurt the local economy, business owners said Monday. David Smith, of McPhee Boat Rentals, and Tom...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Rio Lado creek is seen as test case for water rights

Rio Lado Creek north of Dolores has been tagged as part of an in-stream flow pilot project by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and San Juan National Forest. The remote creek, which flows into...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Dolores locals line up for giveaway of flourishing salmon

Lurking in McPhee Reservoir are schools of kokanee salmon who have been tricked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in order to make it to your dinner table. Raised as small fry in a fish hatchery on...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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State exercises claim to river water to benefit McPhee

An infrequent “administrative call” on the Dolores River by the Colorado Water Conservation Board is preventing two creeks from filling Groundhog Reservoir until Nov. 1. The call was initiated to...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Site of spring McPhee fish die-off is repaired

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has stepped up to repair a forgotten headgate and inlet pipe designed to fill two retainment ponds on the edge of McPhee Reservoir near Dolores.The system is designed...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Health officials say fish from Animas River OK to eat

The Colorado health department announced Tuesday it’s OK to eat fish out of the Animas River, evidenced by results from extensive sampling following the Gold King Mine spill. On Aug. 5, 2015, an...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Yellowstone River boaters lose after fish die-off

On Thursday, state officials lifted a ban on water-based recreation on sections of Montana’s famed Yellowstone River, after a parasite killed thousands of fish last month. But the lifting comes too...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news