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Letter: Writer misportrayed Saving Our Streams



Writer misportrayed Saving Our Streams

Dear Editor:

We take exception to a letter from Jim Markalunas that was published in The Aspen Times on May 4 (“Not giving up on hydro”).

Mr. Markalunas accuses Saving Our Streams of disseminating “glossy mailers” that “bought” the hydro election last November. These accusations are completely false. For the record, we were not involved, in any way, in the designing, financing or distributing of mailers to Aspen voters during the November election period. It’s a silly notion to think that a “glossy mailer” could “buy” one’s vote, especially in a town of smart, thinking people.

Mr. Markalunas also accuses Saving Our Streams of “stealing our historic water rights.”

This statement is also absolutely false. We have no interest in obtaining Aspen’s abandoned hydro-water rights — which the law does not allow anyway. Our interest is in protecting the free-flowing nature of Castle and Maroon creeks.

Saving Our Streams continues to do valuable work that benefits the community and all those that care about Aspen’s beautiful mountain streams. We recently celebrated our first anniversary of the installation of a U.S.Geological Survey stream gage on Castle Creek for the benefit of the community. The gage measures and records stream flow data approximately every 15 minutes and the data is available to the community and public 24/7 by going to our website: www.savingourstreams.org (then click on “Castle Creek Monitor,” which opens the Geological Survey site). Once there, the second graph showing the stream flow data in cubic feet per second (cfs) will be the most relevant to the general public, fly-fishing enthusiasts and kayakers.

We are proud of our work at Saving Our Streams, which is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural environment, riparian habitat and stream flows of Castle Creek and Maroon Creek. Saving Our Streams seeks to ensure that any diversions of water and related development, whether for hydro or other uses, do not in any way compromise the health of these streams or increase the possibility of risk to their fragile ecosystems.

Yasmine de Pagter and Maureen Hirsch

Saving Our Streams

Aspen


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