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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.

PitCo Residents To Weigh-In On Water Questions

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The Pitkin County community survey is used to measure the public’s satisfaction with government services and identify areas for improvement. On Tuesday, the commissioners will consider also asking the public to weigh-in on water issues.

 

County Attorney John Ely is proposing two questions be added to this year’s survey.

One asks if Pitkin County should pursue building dams and reservoirs in order to protect streamflows, while also pointing out that this type of water storage can damage ecosystems. This comes as the City of Aspen is working on creating more options for storing water in the upper valley.

The second question asks if Pitkin County should favor instream use of water over agricultural, residential and municipal uses.

 

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.