River health tops list of Aspen citizen concerns

Dec 26, 2017

Rafters enjoy the Roaring Fork River last spring. Survey responses show that Aspen citizens care deeply about the health of the Roaring Fork.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

City of Aspen residents have again identified the health of the Roaring Fork River as a top concern.


Residents who took the City of Aspen Citizen Survey were asked to rank how important it is for the city government to take action on 11 potential issues. Eighty-five percent of respondents said it was very important or essential to protect the Roaring Fork River. This ranks above other key issues, like ensuring access to workforce housing, managing and reducing traffic and increasing childcare availability.

More respondents this year said it's important for the city to increase access to affordable, locally grown food and to improve bike and pedestrian connectivity.