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A hydro compromise?

Dear Editor:

Backyard Energy would like to thank the volunteers who gave their time and energy campaigning for the Castle Creek hydroelectric project.

Hardworking locals, none of whom had any personal gain in the dispute, knocked on doors, wrote letters, spoke to their co-workers, made phone calls, tweeted and voted in favor of the project. We were driven solely by sincerely wanting to help move the legacy project forward for the benefit of the community.

We trusted the city would finish what it started in a thoughtful manner, and we believed the city would guarantee the health of the creeks. Backyard Energy was outspent at least 20-to-1 by four oppositions groups; some were paid professionals hired to defeat the advisory vote. Even this did not discourage our efforts to support the project.

Many of us agonized over the fracturing of our small but forceful group of environmentalists. Some were locals who were opposed to the project and who truly care passionately about the creeks. In the past, we have been a small community usually bound by our shared vision, but we found ourselves battling over a cause. It’s a teachable moment. Can we find a way to move forward, collaborate and come to a better understanding? The project has been on the books for the past 30 years, and surely it can be continued as a healthy community discussion.

Backyard Energy supporters will gladly be at the table.

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Ruthie Brown

Aspen

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