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Paul Menter has made some good points regarding water storage at Woody Creek and Aspen’s future water needs. However, in his article of Wednesday regarding the Castle Creek hydro-electric ballot question of 2012, he failed to mention the expenditures of large sums of money by anonymous sources, in a concerted effort of misinformation intended to influence the election’s outcome. Photos of dry streambeds, showing non-indigenous trees along their banks, with dead fish in small pools were part of a concerted effort to influence the uninformed Aspen voter. And it worked! The ballot question lost by only 1 percent!

Unfortunately, this may result in the loss of Aspen’s senior water rights on Castle Creek due to abandonment. Case in point: Public Service’s Shoshone Hydro-plant’s 1902 water rights prevent additional diversion to the Eastern Slope. Aspen’s Castle Creek adjudicated water rights date back to 1889.

To sum up, clean hydro-power, with minimum streamflow protection, is good for the environment and will protect Aspen’s senior water rights.

Jim Markalunas

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