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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Wild and Scenic meeting held in Marble

Marci Krivonen

  Residents of the Crystal River Valley met in Marble on Tuesday to learn more about what a federal Wild and Scenic designation on that river would mean.

Experts on Colorado water law and Gunnison County commissioners met with about 60 residents at the Marble Community Church. A group of residents who live along the Crystal have started a long process working toward securing a Wild and Scenic designation for the upper 39 miles of the river.

Such a designation would protect against future diversions and dams, but some Marble residents have voiced concern over federal control of the river, saying it might infringe on their private property rights.

Supporters say property rights should not be a concern because the law would state that landowners would keep control.

A timeline for the process is uncertain.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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