Stormwater system deemed normal
Levels of E. coli in the city’s stormwater system have returned to normal and no longer require monitoring, a city official said in a statement Wednesday.
State officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment made the call Wednesday and also authorized the city to take down signs closing access to stormwater ponds at Rio Grande Park and the Jenny Adair Wetlands because of risk to the public, said April Long, the city’s stormwater manager.
“Water testing since the closure has consistently shown E. coli levels below the state’s standards for safe swimming water,” Long said in the statement.
The city closed access to the ponds April 13 after tests showed elevated levels of E. coli. The pollution was determined to be coming from the Residences at The Little Nell through discharges of ground and stormwater into the city’s storm sewers.
The source of that pollution has not yet been found, Long said.
The former girlfriend of Jean-Pierre Conte, the chairman and managing director of the private equity firm Genstar Capital, filed suit Thursday in Aspen claiming that Conte committed assault, battery, and violated the terms of a 2021 separation agreement. Hillary Thomas claims in her lawsuit that during her more than nine years with Conte, she helped parent his four children and her two children “whom they raised in a blended family.”