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Water

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Water is a precious resource in Colorado. The Dolores River is pictured to the left; you may have floated the Dolores River or visited it on a field trip!

Healthy waterways make the whole ecosystem healthier. Let's learn more about water in Colorado and how we can help save water. 

Click on the lessons below to learn more!

McPhee Reservoir and Dam

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McPhee Dam

  • The dam was created in 1985 to control the Dolores River water.

  • Underneath the dam is the sunken town of McPhee where 1500 people used to live, most of which worked in a lumber mill.

  • The dam powers a Hydroelectric power plant which generates electricity for Montezuma County.

  • The water in the dam is used for irrigation (farming), municipal (home) use, industrial (business) use and recreation (fun activities!)

McPhee Dam

McPhee Reservoir and Dam

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Mancos River

  • The Mancos River is a 85.4 mile long tributary of the San Juan River.

  • The river was named after a horse rider hurt his hand, Mancos comes from the Spanish word for one-armed.

  • Brook trout, rainbow trout and Cutthroat trout all live abundantly in the Mancos river, which makes it a great place to fish.

Mancos River

The Colorado River

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  • The Colorado River is 1,450 miles long.

  • It is one of the main rivers in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.

  • 11 National Parks border the Colorado River.

  • 1,600 varieties of plants grow around the river.

  • The river provides water and habitat to coyotes, bobcats, moose, elk, deer, mountain lions, weasels, rabbits, 100's of species of birds and many other animals.

The Colorado River


 

The Colorado River

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The La Plata Peaks

  • The La Plata peaks can be seen East of Mancos.

  • La Plata means silver in Spanish and the peaks were named after the silver that was widely mined in the area.

  • The snow that falls on the La Plata's melts and flows into the Mancos River which then flows into the San Juan.

  • It is important that these peaks get a lot of snow during winter and spring so that animals and plants have enough water to survive the summer and fall.

The La Platas

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The Dolores River

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About the Dolores River​

  • The Dolores River is approximately 241 miles long.

  • It is a tributary of the Colorado River.

  • This river runs through Colorado and Utah.

Have you been to the Dolores River Canyon?

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Lesson Plans

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Blue Water

3-4 gallons of water saved!

Turning off the Tap when brushing teeth

Save 200 gallons a day by fixing a leak!

Fix a Leaky Toilet

Cleaning with Soap

A hose uses 6 gallons per minutes, 1 bucket is only 3 gallons!

Sponge over hose

Shower=10-25 gallons
Bath=70 gallons!
Shower is better!

Shower over Bath

Garden Hose Sprinkler

Do not water during the day, save water by watering when cool

Watering the yard

Glasses of Water

Only fill your glass 1/2 full so you don't waste water by pouring it down the sink

Only fill your glass 1/2 full

Hover over the boxes to see how you can save water

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How much water will you save?