Environment

Wildfires
11:25 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Fire Officials Urge Caution

Air Park Fire near Durango, Colorado. July 22nd, 2012.
Credit Elise Thatcher

The fire season is underway, with evacuations near Denver for what’s being called the Bluebell Fire. The blaze started yesterday in the Evergreen area, just west of Denver.

Two much smaller fires were reported in the Roaring Fork Valley this weekend. One was up Thompson Creek, near Carbondale. The other was in Aspen City limits, next to Aspen Mountain. Right now, fire danger varies a little along the Roaring Fork Valley. In the Carbondale area it’s moderate, it is low in Aspen.  Ron Leach is Chief of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.  Leach is advising caution.

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River Health
10:43 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Glenwood Springs Company Repairs Damaged Rivers Across the Country

The Roaring Fork River rushes through Aspen in the Spring. Healthy rivers like this have inspired a group of water engineers in Glenwood Springs to repair damaged rivers.
Marci Krivonen

The summer season is beginning, and with it comes river recreation of all kinds in the Roaring Fork Valley. In our area, we’re used to roaring rivers and thrilling rapids. But, in other communities, rivers that once roared are still and quiet now. And, it’s a problem. An engineering firm in Glenwood Springs is working to put the rapids back in rivers damaged by human intervention. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

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Colorado River
10:20 am
Wed May 29, 2013

As Drought Plagues Colorado River Basin, Water Officials Look for Answers

Water officials met in California Tuesday to discuss how to deal with looming shortages in the Colorado River basin.
Credit Colorado River Water Conservation District

Water officials are laying out a plan for meeting the growing demands of the Colorado River in the future. The group met yesterday in California. The meeting was prompted by a study out last year. It predicts looming shortages on the River, which supplies water to 40 million people, as well as farmers and ranchers in Western states. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

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Sustainability
7:59 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

What Is Environmental Sustainability in Aspen?

CJ Oliver, Aspen’s Environmental Health Director, explains the proposed "dashboard" for tracking environmental sustainability.
Credit Elise Thatcher

The City of Aspen wants to know what “environmental sustainability” means to people here. Does it mean cleaner air or making sure there’s enough water to go around? Or maybe there’s another description It’s part of Aspen’s new effort to find out exactly how well the city is meeting its own sustainability goals.  Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher filed this report.

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Water
5:22 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Dry Year Leads to Collaborative Water Conservation

The Crystal River near Carbondale had low flows last summer during an especially dry summer. An effort is underway now to get communities in the Valley to conserve water.
Credit Marci Krivonen

 

An effort is underway in the Roaring Fork Valley to get all of the communities here to collaborate on saving water. A local non profit will go before the Glenwood Springs City Council Thursday with a blueprint for how to do that. It’s called the Roaring Fork Watershed Regional Water Conservation Plan. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, it’s meant to help keep water in local rivers.

 

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