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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.

Survey shows water concerns weigh on Aspenites

The City of Aspen released results from its 2016 citizen survey last week. River health ranked at the top of the list of issues of concern for respondents.

Nearly 300 people responded to the city survey, and 85 percent said they feel that protecting the health of the Roaring Fork River is essential or very important. Protecting the river outweighed other top priorities like affordable housing, addressing traffic issues or developing the local economy.

These results come as the City of Aspen has filed to maintain water storage rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. Officials say those rights are needed in the face of climate change and projected population growth.


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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