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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Mountain bikers and hikers will see some changes at Prince Creek this summer, and the public can give input this week.

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State funds will soon be available for schools to test for lead contamination in water, and local districts are on board.

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The Colorado River District is concerned about low water levels at Lake Powell and is starting the second year of studies meant to keep water in the reservoir.

The Citizens Climate Lobby is an advocacy group that works to change national policies around climate change. Ruthie Brown is a co-founder and co-chair of the Aspen chapter of the lobbying group, which works primarily with Republican lawmakers. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Brown to discuss how the local chapter has been working to influence national policy.

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The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider repealing an Obama-era regulation on methane emissions Wednesday. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is reportedly still undecided.

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Snowmass Village council has identified environmental sustainability as a top priority for the town, and council members will hear about progress Monday.

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Low flows in the Roaring Fork have state and local officials concerned about the health of the river, but city officials have some creative ideas for fixes. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been following the issue and spoke with Christin Kay about it.

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Pandora’s is not unknown terrain to many local skiers, but it does take a hike to get there. But maybe not for too much longer.

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Activists across the country marked President Trump’s 100th day in office with marches to protest the administration’s stance on climate change, but the oil and gas industry is applauding Trump’s actions to cut back environmental regulations.

A new seven-month challenge aimed at keeping drivers off the road during construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge launched Monday.

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The Roaring Fork River running through Aspen is not as healthy as the city or the state think it should be, and now is the time for action.  

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Pitkin County’s Healthy Rivers Board handed out thousands of dollars in grants Thursday, including one project that has high schoolers keeping a 24-hour watch on wildlife.

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It’s mid-April, with mild temperatures and sunshine on the snow-capped peaks above Avalanche Creek. The grasses and shrubs along the valley floor are still golden brown, inching toward green. It won’t rain today but there’s a front moving in tomorrow, and it’s windy. All of this means the variables are coming together for fire.

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Garfield County commissioners voted Monday to rezone part of a residential neighborhood in Battlement Mesa to allow for an injection well.

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City of Aspen voters will elect a mayor and two council seats next month. Some locals are pushing for new blood on council, largely because of the current council’s vote to hold on to water rights to build dams on Castle and Maroon creeks. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been following the issue and is here to give us an update.

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The Carbondale Board of Trustees is scheduled to review a draft Climate Action Plan tomorrow night.

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As the weather heats up, local energy organizations and utilities are offering residents opportunities to make their homes more efficient.

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Summer in Snowmass means biking, hiking, sightseeing and soon a climbing wall, zipline and an alpine coaster. The U.S. Forest Service gave initial approval last month for a suite of recreational activities on the Elk Camp side of the ski area. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Forest Service mountain sports manager Roger Poirier about the plans.

 

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Local environmental group Wilderness Workshop hosted an event with the legal non-profit Earthjustice last week. The panel discussion was titled “Resistance: in the courts and on the ground.” Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there and spoke with producer Christin Kay about the event.

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Boaters headed to Ruedi Reservoir will find new gates at the boat ramp, restricting access to only times when officials can screen for two destructive species of mussels. In years past, officials have been running boat inspections five days a week; that’s been increased to seven days a week, from dawn to dusk this summer.

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