Aspen council talks water storage

Jul 24, 2017

The City of Aspen has this land in Woody Creek under contract; staff hopes to transfer storage water rights from Castle and Maroon Creeks to this location.
Credit Brent Gardner-Smith / Aspen Journalism

As the City of Aspen is poised to purchase land that could be used as a reservoir, city council heard about the need for such water storage.


George Oamek is an agricultural economist; he used statistical techniques to analyze the risk of water shortages in the City of Aspen. He presented three different scenarios of what the town’s water supply and demand could look like about 50 years from now. Oamek’s analysis shows that climate change will create water shortages.

Council then went into an executive session to discuss purchasing land in Woody Creek that could be used for a reservoir. City manager Steve Barwick said last week that the city hopes to transfer water rights from Castle and Maroon creeks to this new location.