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City Settles With Two More In Water Case

Jul 3, 2018

The City of Aspen has conditional water rights to build a reservoir in this location. Agreements with environmental groups, private landowners and other governments require that the city move those rights to a different location.
Credit Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

The City of Aspen has reached agreement with two more environmental groups that opposed its water rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks.

 

American Rivers and Colorado Trout Unlimited announced they have signed an agreement with Aspen to move the city’s rights to build reservoirs out of the two scenic valleys.

Aspen faced opposition in state water court from 10 parties and has reached settlements with seven of those, including environmental groups, private landowners and Pitkin County.

The most recent agreements echo the city’s earlier commitment to move the storage rights to new locations, which could include land purchased last year in Woody Creek, the Aspen Golf Course and Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen will have to file a new case in state water court to change the location.

In a press release, officials with American Rivers and Trout Unlimited praised this as a step to protect rivers and the fish who call them home.