The City of Aspen and Pitkin County are working with a team of consultants to develop a management plan for the upper Roaring Fork watershed. Watch here for details on what comes next in this planning process.
The Roaring Fork River is highly valued by Aspen residents and visitors, and the quality of life in the valley and success of the local economy rely largely on the Roaring Fork’s ability to support a variety of water uses — both consumptive in nature, such as agricultural and municipal uses, and non-consumptive uses, such as environmental needs and recreation.
The goal of this project is to outline and prioritize options for improving or maintaining the health of the upper Roaring Fork River in a way that reflects local values and priorities, as well as administrative and legal realities governing the use of water in Colorado.
This effort was motivated by several studies in the early 2000s showing varying degrees of ecological degradation in the stretch of the Roaring Fork that flows through Aspen. The project will use a scientific, data-centered approach to understand existing conditions in the upper Roaring Fork Watershed and recommend management alternatives that respond to those conditions.