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Environment News

The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers all things environment in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado. Issues include, but are not limited to, water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development.  APR’s environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy heads the desk.

Officials hope to improve water quality, fish habitat and a diversion structure along the Crystal River in Carbondale.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that provides funding for a state program to prevent the spread of invasive species into Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs. The pressure is still on local authorities to cover most of the cost of boat inspections.

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Pitkin County commissioners approved an update to the county’s hazard mitigation plan Wednesday. It comes as officials are preparing for a dry, hot summer and increased wildfire danger.

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At the end of this week, local energy groups will name one area high school the winner of the Changemakers Challenge. It’s a social media contest to award environmental engagement, and the kickoff featured its own teenage changemaker.

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The state wildlife agency is reminding people to take steps to protect newborn animals this spring, and it starts with adhering to trail closures.

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Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, but celebrations kick off in Aspen on Thursday.

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For the first time, backpackers headed to Conundrum Hot Springs this summer will need a permit to camp in the area. Those go on sale starting Wednesday morning.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails protects more than 20,000 acres of public land in the Roaring Fork Valley. These properties are used for recreation, to protect wildlife and for agriculture. The open space program leases out some of its properties to local farmers and ranchers. Two Roots Farm is the newest lessee at Emma Open Space.

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Officials are preparing for a hot, dry summer, and with it, increased fire danger. Glenwood Springs is hosting an event Saturday to help residents prepare for wildfires.

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There have been several reports of bear activity near Aspen early this spring. Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) want humans to step up their bear awareness.

 

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Pitkin County officials are working to connect Carbondale to Crested Butte with a multi-use trail that would run through the Crystal Valley. Open Space and Trails staff has a draft plan in the works, and it goes far beyond the trail route.

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This week, Aspen City Council approved two additional electric-vehicle charging stations in the downtown core. It's part of efforts to encourage the switch to electric.

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There are two major water projects underway in Aspen: A river management plan that is meant to improve the health of the Roaring Fork, and work to keep conditional water rights for storage.

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The current Solid Waste Hauler Ordinance was last updated in 1991. County staff says trends in waste disposal and management have changed significantly in the decades since.

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Beginning Monday, traffic in and out of Aspen will be delayed and detoured, as the city works to improve its trail system. It’s the most significant construction project on city infrastructure in years, and some residents are concerned about both costs and impacts.

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Government agencies across the Roaring Fork Valley are teaming to develop a valley-wide policy on e-bike use.

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National Geographic photojournalists Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s exhibit “Living With Wolves” has been on display at the Aspen airport all winter. They now bring their new book “The Wisdom of Wolves” to Explore Booksellers on Monday.

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Two years ago, Colt Whitley qualified for his first cross-country skiing junior national championships in Cable, Wis. But there were some unexpected challenges.

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Colorado’s senators say Grand Junction is the ideal spot for Bureau of Land Management headquarters, and they’re urging the Secretary of the Interior to visit.

 

Denver Public Library and Dale Will

 

Pitkin County has released a draft plan for its proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. It could eventually connect to Crested Butte.

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