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Aspen Reaches Agreements With All Opposition In Castle Creek Water Right Case

Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

The city has reached agreements with all of the opposing parties in a Castle Creek water court case. But there’s still work to be done.


When Aspen filed to keep the rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks in 2016, ten parties opposed the city in water court. The groups, which include private landowners, government agencies and environmental organizations, have been working since then to keep the scenic creeks free from dams.

At a district water court meeting Tuesday, city representatives announced they have reached agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. That means Aspen has settled with all the parties in the Castle Creek case.  

The city has agreed to move the water rights to other locations and said it will not build reservoirs on either of these creeks.

There is one remaining opposing party, the Larsen Family LP, in the water rights case on Maroon Creek.


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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