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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.

Whitewater park fixes nearly complete

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Changes to the Basalt whitewater park are nearly complete, just in time to protect fish.


A section of the Roaring Fork River, just upstream from Basalt, has been closed since mid-February as crews with heavy machinery modify the year-old whitewater park.

Pitkin County and the contractors have an agreement with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to complete all work in the river by March 15, to protect spawning rainbow trout.  

Some rafters and kayakers complained that the park’s waves were too big during peak runoff last year. River engineer Quinn Donnelly said work to create a route aroundthe waves was completed late last week. Crews are now building a wall along the river bank below Two Rivers Road for a future footpath that would connect Fisherman's Park to the whitewater park.

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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