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River problems focus of study

Aspen Times Staff Report

The public is invited to attend the final presentation of the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers Multi-Objective Planning Project on Tuesday, June 15.

The presentation will be made in Basalt High School’s multipurpose room from 7 to 9 p.m., by representatives of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Ruedi Water and Power Authority, and BRW, a Denver consulting group.

Those organizations have been engaged in a study of potential problems with local rivers for the past 18 months. The work was prompted by local flooding incidents that caused some damage in 1995.

The study’s objectives were: To identify the potential sites of local flooding and river channel instability. To identify the connection between stream quality, transbasin diversion and stream instability (much water is diverted to Front Range cities from both the Fryingpan and the Roaring Fork rivers). To identify strategies for predicting, mitigating and responding to stream instability. To recommend structural alternatives for stabilizing stream banks and channels. To develop mapping and educational materials for local use. The purpose of the June 15 meeting is to review the objectives of the study, to describe the study process, to present its conclusions and recommendations, and to answer questions and respond to input from the public.

A workshop on June 16 will allow local planning and mapping professionals to review the GIS (geographic information systems) mapping and database work done in conjunction with the study. The workshop will be held at Carbondale Town Hall from 1 to 3 p.m.

The study produced a GIS map of the valley incorporating the most up-to-date aerial data, in an Arc View database. This material will be made available for use by government agencies in the valley and will be updated and corrected locally.

For more information, call Mark Fuller, director of the Ruedi Water and Power Authority, at 963-4959; Brian Hyde, Colorado Water Conservation Board, (303)-866-3441; or Robert Krehbiel of BRW, (303)-293-8080.

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