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Wilderness Workshop to lead tour of Aspen’s proposed reservoir sites

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Wilderness Workshop is leading a free tour Saturday of the city of Aspen’s proposed reservoir sites on Maroon and Castle creeks. The Aspen City Council has indicated they will submit a “diligence filing” to maintain conditional water rights to build dams on upper Maroon and Castle creeks.

Wilderness Workshop contends that the two locations for the proposed reservoirs would be “inappropriate,” based on a statement the group released Tuesday. Participants will learn about the impacts of these reservoirs and the legal challenges the city faces in maintaining their rights, according to the statement.

The field trip will include a short hike near the confluence of East and West Maroon creeks. Participants will be able to walk through the meadow that would be affected and along the length of ground where the proposed dam would be situated.

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. at the base of Aspen Highlands ski area. Park in the garage and participants will carpool from there. The tour will conclude at noon. RSVP to will@wildernessworkshop.org.

“Despite unanimous feedback during a pubic comment period asking them not to retain the rights, Aspen City Council members indicated during a Sept. 27 work session that they will file in water court to prove they ‘can and will’ build the reservoirs,” said the Wilderness Workshop statement. “This in spite of the city’s own 2016 water supply availability study which concluded that the city ‘can always provide sufficient potable and raw water supplies.’ Wilderness Workshop is dedicated to ensuring these water rights are taken off the books so that Aspen never has the option to dam these two iconic creeks.”

The council will take their final vote on this issue Monday at 5 p.m.


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