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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.

Boat inspections increased at Ruedi

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Boaters headed to Ruedi Reservoir will find new gates at the boat ramp, restricting access to only times when officials can screen for two destructive species of mussels. In years past, officials have been running boat inspections five days a week; that’s been increased to seven days a week, from dawn to dusk this summer.

Zebra and Quagga Mussels are highly invasive. Infestations have clogged reservoir infrastructure and caused ecological damage in other parts of the U.S.

The increased screening process aims to prevent the spread of these mussels to Colorado lakes and reservoirs. Lake Powell, a popular spot for local boaters, has tested positive for the species, which increases the risk that they might spread to Ruedi.

The boat ramp will open in mid to late May, which could mean a later start to the boating season for some. There will be a public meeting about new program this Wednesday at 5 p.m at the Basalt Library.


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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