THE PROJECT 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. 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 like agricultural and municipal uses, and non-consumptive in nature like environmental and recreational uses. 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.
SURVEY LINK Please click here to take a survey that will help us understand how the community feels about water use and water management priorities as they relate to river health improvements, and considering possible trade-offs and finite resources. It should take about 15 minutes.
Water from the Roaring Fork River and its tributaries currently supports a diversity of consumptive, recreational, aesthetic, and ecological uses and functions. Please reflect on your own water uses and values as you select between preferred water management options and their associated consequences. Although selecting between binary options feels (and is) artificial, responses to these questions help us understand community priorities for the river in useful ways.
Contact: April Long City of Aspen stormwater manager and Clean River Program manager April.Long@cityofaspen.com or 970-901-6082