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Aspen council talks water storage

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Journalism

As the City of Aspen is poised to purchase land that could be used as a reservoir, city council heard about the need for such water storage.


George Oamek is an agricultural economist; he used statistical techniques to analyze the risk of water shortages in the City of Aspen. He presented three different scenarios of what the town’s water supply and demand could look like about 50 years from now. Oamek’s analysis shows that climate change will create water shortages.

Council then went into an executive session to discuss purchasing land in Woody Creek that could be used for a reservoir. City manager Steve Barwick said last week that the city hopes to transfer water rights from Castle and Maroon creeks to this new location.


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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