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Hydroelectric plant will suck our streams dry

Dear Editor:

Most of us in Aspen admire and support Mayor Mick Ireland’s environmental initiatives. We are a “green town,” and we want to preserve the spectacular natural beauty of our valley for future generations.

This is exactly what makes the proposed Castle Creek hydro project so perplexing. Sadly, diverting rivers and streams for electric power is a 19th-century solution to a 21st-century problem. Fortunately, there are simpler and more efficient ways to create clean energy that don’t involve destroying beautiful rivers and degrading pristine riparian habitat.

During the Vietnam War, we were told by our politicians that we needed to bomb, napalm and burn the villages in order to “save the country.” Now we are being told by a new set of politicians that we need to dam and destroy our rivers in order to “save the environment.”

The logic didn’t work for me 40 years ago, and it doesn’t work for me now. Please vote “no” on hydro.

Jerry Bovino


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