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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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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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Last week, Pitkin County public health officials warned of an increase in bat activity after 11 were found dead in Snowmass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy reported on the story and talked with producer Christin Kay about why bats can pose a public health concern.

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Millions of Americans will see a rare solar eclipse today, and here's the scoop on what to expect in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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On Monday, from coast to coast, people can watch what’s being called “The Great American Eclipse.” Scientists are calling on those millions of spectators to provide data and observations. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy checked in with researchers who are using the latest technology to learn about a full sensory experience, for all creatures on earth.  

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Pitkin County public health officials are cautioning residents about an increase in bat activity after 11 of them were recently found dead along a trail in Snowmass Village.

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Across the west, noxious weeds damage ecosystems, and local governments are tasked with keeping them at bay. But the solution — chemical herbicides — doesn’t always sit well with residents.

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Officials say the Pitkin County Landfill only has about 14 years of space left. They’ve been working with consultants to minimize waste and extend its lifespan. Pitkin County Commissioners heard an update on this process last week, including recommended changes. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been covering the issue and talked with producer Christin Kay about possible solutions.

 

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Roaring Fork Valley outdoor enthusiasts have come together in record numbers to build two singletrack trails along Prince Creek Road in Carbondale.

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The U.S. Forest Service will be closing Difficult Campground on Tuesday, Aug. 15, for the remainder of the 2017 season.

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National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale started her career documenting war and conflict but has since shifted to covering wildlife and environmental issues. She has traveled to more than 90 countries and is in Aspen to share her photos and stories. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy talked with Vitale about her work.

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners will consider an emergency resolution today that confirms a ban on electric bikes.

 

State legislation goes into effect on Wednesday that will allow e-bikes on pedestrian paths — unless a local jurisdiction says otherwise. Pitkin County says otherwise, for now.

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This past spring, Aspen City Council approved a new ordinance that regulates outdoor water use. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been reporting on what this means for local homeowners and landscape architects. She discusses the water efficiency for landscaping ordinance with producer Christin Kay.

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Interested citizens can hear updates on policy and management practices during a time of flux in the oil and gas industry on Thursday in Rifle.

 

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