Water

Environment
5:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Creek Through Contested Thompson Divide Gets Additional Protections

The headwaters of the south branch of the middle Thompson Creek are pictured here. This stretch of water received an "Outstanding Waters" designation from the state.
Credit Colorado Trout Unlimited

The Thompson Creek watershed that flows through the contested Thompson Divide area, received a special designation this week. On Tuesday, the state’s Water Quality Control Commission approved an “Outstanding Waters” designation for several branches of Thompson Creek, near Carbondale.

To win approval the stream has to meet several high quality standards and, the designation prohibits certain pollutants from being discharged into the water. Aaron Kindle is with Colorado Trout Unlimited, which fought for the designation. He says it protects fish.

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State Capitol
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Final Legislative Session A Wrap For State Senator Gail Schwartz

This week Snowmass Village democrat Gail Schwartz finished her last legislative session as a state senator. She's term-limited after 8 years.
Credit gailschwartz.org

Snowmass Village democrat Gail Schwartz wrapped up her career as a state senator this week. The lawmaker is term-limited after spending eight years under the gold dome in Denver. Her impact on issues like education, healthcare and water have been felt around the state, including here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

On the last day of the 2014 legislative session, Schwartz’s colleagues saluted her service, including Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath.

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Water
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Governor's Water Plan Aims To Find Solutions To Looming Gap

Colorado faces a water gap in the future and people are weighing in with solutions. Nine so-called basin roundtables are collecting information for an eventual Colorado Water Plan.
Credit Colorado River Water Conservation District

The public is weighing in how to solve the problem of less water in the future. People offered suggestions for Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Water Plan at a town hall meeting in Aspen Thursday. A growing population and climate change are straining the resource in Colorado, and an enormous water gap is projected, between how much water Colorado has and how much it needs. The Water Plan will use information collected by nine basin roundtables organized around various watersheds. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jim Pokrandt.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 2

Aspen Journalism might be young, only into its 4th year, but the non-profit organization has already established itself in the valley's media family. What sets Aspen Journalism apart from the daily newspapers, news channels and public radio stations is the dedication of time and resources into the stories produced. Founder and Director, Brent Gardner-Smith explains why the organization puts such an emphasis on in-depth reporting and the key topics the organization focuses on. Board President, Tim McFlynn, also contributes. 

Visit the Aspen Journalism website to learn more:

www.AspenJournalism.org

APR Local News
11:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Hydro Project in West-Central Colorado Will Provide Aspen with Power

The Ridgway dam will provide power to the City of Aspen's utility later this year. The project has been in the works for decades but will start providing power for the first time this year.
Credit www.usbr.gov

The City of Aspen is working toward powering its utility with 100-percent renewable energy. A good chunk of that energy will come from a new hydropower facility in Ridgway, Colorado. If all goes according to plan, the City will start getting power from the facility on February 20th. Aspen’s one of two entities purchasing power from the plant. Mike Berry is with the Tri-County Water Conservancy District, the organization running the plant. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

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