1. Introduction

Thank you for providing feedback on the 2019 paddling season on the lower Dolores River. American Whitewater is hoping to hear from paddlers about their experiences on the Dolores River this year. The feedback you provide us will help inform how the releases from McPhee Dam are provided in the future.
Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission: “To conserve and restore America’s whitewater rivers and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely”.
Since 2007, American Whitewater has played a leading role in building consensus on improved reservoir operations at McPhee Dam, and in restoring recreational streamflows to the lower Dolores River. Heavy snowpack created conditions for a substantial release of water to the lower Dolores this year, that we aim to manage for ample paddling opportunities, benefit native fish, and restore a healthy river channel.

American Whitewater is working with the Dolores Water Conservancy District, the Bureau of Reclamation, Dolores River Boating Advocates, The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management to ensure that releases meet a range of downstream goals.  This partnership needs input from paddlers that floated the Dolores River this year, so that we can better understand how management actions impact your experiences on the river.

Your participation in this study, will help us understand if these goals are being met, and directly guide American Whitewater's advocacy for improvements in how the Reservoir is managed in the future.  
                                  YOUR VOICE MATTERS.

From all of us at American Whitewater and Dolores River Boating Advocates, Thank you for your time and feedback. 
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