The City of Aspen released results from its 2016 citizen survey last week. River health ranked at the top of the list of issues of concern for respondents.
Nearly 300 people responded to the city survey, and 85 percent said they feel that protecting the health of the Roaring Fork River is essential or very important. Protecting the river outweighed other top priorities like affordable housing, addressing traffic issues or developing the local economy.
These results come as the City of Aspen has filed to maintain water storage rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. Officials say those rights are needed in the face of climate change and projected population growth.