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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.

PitCo to oppose Aspen’s water rights

Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County commissioners voted Tuesday to oppose the City of Aspen’s claim to conditional water rights on Maroon and Castle creeks.

In a 3-2 vote, commissioners accepted a recommendation from the Healthy Rivers and Streams Board that the county formally oppose the city in water court.

Those in support of the resolution said it’s important to be a part of the conversation in water court to explore alternatives and protect the creeks.

Commissioners who voted not to oppose said they respect the city’s environmental mission and trust that the county could work with the city on legislative solutions.

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