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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.

Snow lab experiment tests street plowing

Aspen Public Radio News

The City of Aspen has been experimenting with snow removal on the Castle Creek Bridge.

The so-called “snow lab” is testing how the streets and parks department would manage snow with a wider sidewalk, like the temporary one in place last summer. So far, it seems to be working, said Justin Forman with the city’s engineering department, but he isn’t drawing conclusions until the end of the winter.  

“We’ve had one of those winters so far where we have gotten a lot of snow, but not one of those epic days where it’s a couple inches an hour all throughout the day,” Forman said.  

If the city moves ahead on widening the sidewalk, it will include improved drainage for stormwater.


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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