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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.

Catching the drops: Rain barrel workshop

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Courtesy of Community Office for Resource Efficiency

This will be the first full summer that Colorado residents can legally use rain barrels to conserve water. Local organizations are helping people learn how.

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) is teaming up with the Roaring Fork Conservancy and a water attorney to give a rain barrel workshop.

Kate Henion works for CORE on water conservation issues. She said many Coloradans aren’t yet familiar with the process.

“The idea is to give people the tools to go home and install a rain barrel,” Henion said. Residents can then use that water to irrigate lawns, plants or gardens.

The workshop is Monday at 4 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

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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