Upper Roaring Fork River Management Plan

The City of Aspen and Pitkin County are working with a team of consultants to develop a management plan for the upper Roaring Fork watershed. The Roaring Fork River is highly valued by Aspen residents and visitors, and the quality of life in the valley and success of the local economy relies largely on the Roaring Fork’s ability to support a variety of water uses—both consumptive in nature like agricultural and municipal uses and non-consumptive in nature like environmental and recreational uses.

The goal of this project is to outline and prioritize options for improving or maintaining the health of the upper Roaring Fork River in a way that reflects local values and priorities, as well as administrative and legal realities governing the use of water in Colorado.

This effort was motivated by several studies in the early 2000’s showing varying degrees of ecological degradation in the stretch of the Roaring Fork that flows through Aspen. The documents on the right hand of this page offer information on specific sections of the Roaring Fork River and the basic elements of a river and the potential threats to river health in this valley. Research into relevant studies and reports has shown us that the stretch through North Star Nature Preserve, the City of Aspen, and the Roaring Fork Gorge as moderately to severely degraded.

SURVEY:

Please follow the link below to take a survey that will help us understand how the community feels about water use and water management priorities as they relate to river health improvements and considering possible trade-offs and finite resources. It should take about fifteen minutes. The infographic titled "Water Uses" to the right will be helpful to review prior to beginning the survey.

Water from the Roaring Fork River and its tributaries currently supports a diversity of consumptive, recreational, aesthetic, and ecological uses and functions. Please reflect on your own water uses and values as you select between preferred water management options and their associated consequences. Although selecting between binary options feels (and is) artificial, responses to these questions help us understand community priorities for the River in useful ways.

You can also leave a question or comments for us in the Q & A section.

The City of Aspen and Pitkin County are working with a team of consultants to develop a management plan for the upper Roaring Fork watershed. The Roaring Fork River is highly valued by Aspen residents and visitors, and the quality of life in the valley and success of the local economy relies largely on the Roaring Fork’s ability to support a variety of water uses—both consumptive in nature like agricultural and municipal uses and non-consumptive in nature like environmental and recreational uses.

The goal of this project is to outline and prioritize options for improving or maintaining the health of the upper Roaring Fork River in a way that reflects local values and priorities, as well as administrative and legal realities governing the use of water in Colorado.

This effort was motivated by several studies in the early 2000’s showing varying degrees of ecological degradation in the stretch of the Roaring Fork that flows through Aspen. The documents on the right hand of this page offer information on specific sections of the Roaring Fork River and the basic elements of a river and the potential threats to river health in this valley. Research into relevant studies and reports has shown us that the stretch through North Star Nature Preserve, the City of Aspen, and the Roaring Fork Gorge as moderately to severely degraded.

SURVEY:

Please follow the link below to take a survey that will help us understand how the community feels about water use and water management priorities as they relate to river health improvements and considering possible trade-offs and finite resources. It should take about fifteen minutes. The infographic titled "Water Uses" to the right will be helpful to review prior to beginning the survey.

Water from the Roaring Fork River and its tributaries currently supports a diversity of consumptive, recreational, aesthetic, and ecological uses and functions. Please reflect on your own water uses and values as you select between preferred water management options and their associated consequences. Although selecting between binary options feels (and is) artificial, responses to these questions help us understand community priorities for the River in useful ways.

You can also leave a question or comments for us in the Q & A section.

Please submit any questions you have about the river or the project here.

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