Airport expansion would damage wetlands, according to assessment

Aug 22, 2017

Renderings of the proposed airport terminal.
Credit Courtesy of Pitkin County

The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners heard an update Tuesday about the potential environmental impacts from a proposed expansion at the airport.


Airport director John Kinney and consultant Ryk Dunkelberg presented findings from an FAA-funded and required environmental assessment on two proposed projects, a new terminal building and a relocated runway.

The runway would be moved 80 feet to the west to accommodate larger aircraft, and that would mean damage to wetlands near Owl Creek Road. Mitigation efforts would be coordinated with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The assessment also considered air and water quality, wildlife, noise and more. These all fell within the federal thresholds for environmental impacts.

The draft document will be released for public review within a week and there will be public hearings in Aspen and Snowmass next month.