Let voters decide on hydro project | AspenTimes.com

Let voters decide on hydro project

Dear Editor:

Time for a fresh, in-depth look by the entire community at the proposed hydro project on Castle and Maroon creeks.

A not-very-developed plan for a green project that was supported by only 11 percent of the potential Aspen voters in 2007 has morphed into a project that is at least double the original cost and will have significant, unanticipated impacts on our rivers. The original ballot item never mentioned dewatering our rivers or possible environmental impacts. Numerous independent studies by highly qualified professionals all conclude the city’s initial studies were based on erroneous information with a very limited scope and that the city’s conclusions were not supportable.

In the four years since that election, we have learned a good bit more about this project – its ever-increasing costs, environmental impacts, and potential benefits. We’ve learned that there are smarter ways to do hydro and that there are much greener projects to spend out committed dollars on. It is time to go back to the voters and determine whether there is support for a project that sounded good and was well-intentioned at its onset but appears to have morphed into an environmentally and fiscally expensive “trophy green” project that doesn’t honestly address the very serious issues of global warming and environmental stewardship.

Castle and Maroon creeks have thrived for more than 50 million years. Before we jeopardize their health, let’s have a very serious, transparent conversation. Please sign the current petition (by Thursday, Jan. 13) that will allow our community to review and debate the facts and vote accordingly.

Michael Lipkin


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User