Working group 

A. Organization

  1. The Upper Dolores Stream Protection Working Group directs attention at stream-health conditions.

  2. Members of the Working Group are from:

  • San Juan National Forest (SJNF)

  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW)

  • Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD)

  • Dolores River Anglers (DRA) chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU)

  • Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU)

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B. Current effort

  1. The Working Group has selected 9 streams or reaches within them as candidates for Outstanding Waters:

  • Bear, above private property

  • Coal, below Lizard Head Wilderness Area

  • East Fork

  • Priest

  • Slate, below Lizard Head Wilderness Area

  • Snow Spur

  • Stoner, above private property

  • Wildcat

  • West Fork, above Burro Bridge and below Lizard Head Wilderness Area

3. All 9 have large drainage areas and high maximum elevations.

4. Those characteristics are believed key for resilience against dewatering due to climate change.

5. The 9 candidate streams currently are undergoing water quality analyses.

6. The analyses are being conducted in each of the 4 seasons over the period of a year.

7. Findings so far are shown at Metals and Non-metals results in Data.

8. More description is at Outstanding waters and at Regulatory environment.

C. Outreach​

  1. The Working Group currently shares information with Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest (DWRF).

  2. It plans to share also with:

  • Montezuma and Dolores County Commissions

  • Towns of Cortez, Mancos, Dolores, and Rico

  • Landowners in the immediate area of the candidate streams

  • Cattle and sheep ranchers with active grazing permits in the stream watersheds

  • Southwestern Water Conservation District

  • Local newspapers, for example, the Cortez Journal and the Durango Herald

3. Outreach is expected to expand and refine as the candidate list of streams approaches finalization.

D. Discussion​

Links to presentations that have assisted discussions at Working Group sessions, which are ongoing:

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