City of Aspen holds talk on water issues

Staff report

The last session in a three-part dialogue series about water issues in the city of Aspen will be held Wednesday evening.

The idea is to have casual conversations with interested residents about water, which can often be a complicated and sometimes emotional subject.

Particularly with the current stage 1 water shortage in town, there are a lot of topics to discuss including conservation, voluntary or imposed water-use reductions, as well as how the city stores and manages its water, and how the Colorado water right’s system impacts Aspen’s water supply, according to Margaret Medellin, the city’s utilities portfolio manager.

She added that the past two sessions, held at the Limelight Hotel, attracted about a dozen people each. The sessions are meant to be casual conversations in an intimate setting.

“I think it’s been a useful way to talk to people instead of at a City Council meeting,” Medellin said.

She, along with city stormwater manager April Long, will host Wednesday’s discussion at 5 p.m. Light snacks will be provided.