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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.

Consultant: More data needed for water analysis

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy
Aspen Public Radio

Earlier this week, Aspen City Council heard an update on studies of the town’s risk for water storage.


Consultant George Oamek, an agricultural economist with Headwaters Corp., is analyzing the risks to Aspen’s water system. Oamek said his preliminary findings show that climate change presents the biggest risk and uncertainty.

Aspen municipal water comes from Castle and Maroon creeks; Oamek noted that if there were to be a shortage, the first impact would be to the instream flow, which is intended as an environmental protection, not the supply of potable water to residents.

This is the first of several presentations to council, and Oamek said more data is necessary, including new gauges on both creeks to accurately measure flows.


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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