PitCo Residents To Weigh-In On Water Questions

Jul 2, 2018

Pitkin County is considering asking citizens for input on tough water management decisions.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

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.