Environment News

The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers all things environment in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado. Issues include, but are not limited to, water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development.  APR’s environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy heads the desk.

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Garfield County officials are considering a proposal for 55 new gas wells in a Battlement Mesa neighborhood. Two citizen groups are fighting the development.

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Officials on the Garfield County planning and zoning commission are considering a proposal for another round of gas wells in a Battlement Mesa community.

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Several bears have been spotted in downtown Aspen looking for an easy meal. Earlier this week, a mom and two cubs had posted up in a tree on the Hyman Avenue mall. When the bears came down, photo takers surrounded them, trying to get selfies.

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  As wildfires burn across the west and communities regroup after devastating hurricanes in the south, Pitkin County officials discuss how to prepare for and prevent natural disasters.

There have been eight backcountry deaths in Pitkin County so far this summer, and Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) is taking stock. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy attended a meeting last week where the all-volunteer team discussed the need for more summer backcountry education.

During a busy — and deadly — summer season, officials with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs are reminding hikers and climbers to pitch in for rescue costs.

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The legal battle over a local trail continues, as attorneys have filed a new complaint aimed at preserving the Verena Mallory Trail.

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Smoke from large fires in several western states is settling in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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The U.S. Forest Service has a plan to clear cut some sections of the Upper Fryingpan Valley, beyond Ruedi Reservoir. As the agency assesses the environmental impacts of the project, some neighbors are preparing for a fight.

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Pitkin County is planning a trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte, and the public can check out route options this week.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper recently appointed Glenwood Springs resident Dr. Carrie Hauser to the state’s Parks and Wildlife Commission. This board sets rules and oversees state parks and wildlife programs.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Hauser to talk about the appointment.

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Glenwood Springs resident Carrie Hauser has been appointed by the governor to serve on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

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Xcel Energy company filed a request with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to replace coal generators in Pueblo with clean energy. It would mean closing two coal-fired power plants a decade early.

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City of Aspen staff is working to understand and prepare for future water needs. Part of that could mean a reservoir to store municipal water. The city also faces opposition from environmental groups and private landowners in state water court over its rights to build dams on Castle and Maroon Creeks.

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The U.S. Forest Service announced a plan last week to limit crowds at Hanging Lake. The public has a chance to voice opinions Wednesday evening.

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Local nonprofit Wilderness Workshop is teaming up with the National Wildlife Federation to hold a rally in support of public lands this week in Glenwood Springs. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Sloan Shoemaker, executive director of Wilderness Workshop, about the goals and purpose of the event.

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Aspen City Council hopes to get voter approval to buy land for municipal water storage, and they’ll discuss a ballot question Monday night.

 

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The U.S. Forest Service has received three objections to a plan that would limit overnight use of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon is one of Colorado’s most popular hikes, and overuse is causing degradation to the fragile ecosystem. The U.S. Forest Service released a plan yesterday for how to manage visitors at the trail. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discusses details of the plan with producer Christin Kay.

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

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