Aspen Files Plan to Build Two Large Dams on Maroon and Castle Creeks

November 1, 2016

Contact: Matt Rice, 803-422-5244

(Aspen, CO) – The City of Aspen has filed an application with the Colorado Water Court to maintain water rights to develop two large water storage dams on two of Aspen’s most treasured streams.

If built, the proposed 150-foot dam on Maroon Creek and 175-foot dam on Castle Creek would flood portions of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, forever changing these iconic and world-renowned valleys.

Aspen’s own 2016 water availability report clearly states that Aspen does not need these dams.

In reaction to the water filing today, Matt Rice, director of the Colorado River Basin Program for American Rivers made the following statement:

“Constructing these dams would likely cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but the price would pale in comparison to the massive environmental impacts. American Rivers and our members urge the Aspen City Council to reconsider this decision.  This is a perfect opportunity for Aspen to make a definitive statement that it will forever protect the Maroon Bells and Castle Creek.”

Parties have until December 31 to file statements of opposition.


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