overuse

Environment
3:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Conundrum At Conundrum Hot Springs: Large Crowds Hurting Environment

More than 3000 people visit Conundrum Hot Springs each summer. Forest Service officials are concerned about overuse.
Credit High Country News/hcn.org

White River National Forest officials are concerned about overuse at Conundrum Hot Springs, outside Aspen. Forest Service staffers recently pulled more than 35 pounds of trash from the popular recreation area and the number of visitors continues to grow.

Visitors hike from Aspen and Crested Butte to reach the hot springs in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. The area sees more than 3000 people each summer. Martha Moran with the Forest Service says the numbers are impacting the area’s Wilderness character.

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Colorado River
10:18 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Colorado River Could Reconnect With Sea After Several Dry Years

A man paddling through garbage and froth near the end of the Colorado River close to Sonora, Arizona.
Credit Peter McBride

The Colorado River is expected to reconnect with the sea today, for the first time in several years. Two months ago, water officials sent water down the expansive delta to improve habitat. The last stretch of the river has been dry for decades thanks to overuse. It’s used to supply drinking water, irrigate farmlands and generate power. In 2011, photojournalist and Basalt resident Pete McBride documented the dry delta in his film Chasing Water.

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