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City Settles With Two More In Water Case

Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

The City of Aspen has reached agreement with two more environmental groups that opposed its water rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks.


American Rivers and Colorado Trout Unlimited announced they have signed an agreement with Aspen to move the city’s rights to build reservoirs out of the two scenic valleys.

Aspen faced opposition in state water court from 10 parties and has reached settlements with seven of those, including environmental groups, private landowners and Pitkin County.

The most recent agreements echo the city’s earlier commitment to move the storage rights to new locations, which could include land purchased last year in Woody Creek, the Aspen Golf Course and Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen will have to file a new case in state water court to change the location.

In a press release, officials with American Rivers and Trout Unlimited praised this as a step to protect rivers and the fish who call them home.


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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