Aspen Dams

City of Aspen will not build reservoirs in Maroon and Castle valleys

Aspen City Council on Tuesday approved agreements with five entities that took the municipal government to court in an attempt to block its plans to build dams on Castle and Maroon creeks. The approved agreements stipulate that the city will not build reservoirs in those pristine wilderness areas, and will move its conditional water rights to a yet-to-be determined location.   Read Full Article >>

City of Aspen will not build reservoirs in Maroon and Castle valleys 2018-06-01T15:27:00+00:00

Water rights: Why does the City of Aspen want to buy land in Woody Creek?

The City of Aspen has plans to buy land in Woody Creek that could one day become a reservoir, and officials hope to fill that reservoir using water rights the city has owned on Castle and Maroon creeks since 1971. But major questions remain about if this is possible — or necessary. Even in a dry November, creeks and streams cascade toward Aspen from all sides. The Roaring Fork River snakes through town, after picking up water from the valleys and gulches up Independence Pass. Closer to town, there’s Hunter Creek, the iconic Castle and Maroon creeks and eventually Woody Creek [...]

Water rights: Why does the City of Aspen want to buy land in Woody Creek? 2018-04-15T21:28:27+00:00

Aspen joins two adversaries in water court to apply for Colorado water funds

Western Resource Advocates and Wilderness Workshop are opposing the city of Aspen's efforts in water court to maintain conditional water storage rights tied to two potential dams on Castle and Maroon creeks. But the environmental organizations are formally collaborating with the city on finding water-supply alternatives to the two potential dams. In late July, Western Resource Advocates and Wilderness Workshop joined the city in filing a preliminary application with the Colorado Water Conservation Board seeking state funds for a local study of potential "agricultural transfer mechanisms," or ATMs. Such programs provide alternatives to the "buy and dry" approach often used by [...]

Aspen joins two adversaries in water court to apply for Colorado water funds 2018-04-17T17:57:40+00:00

News buoys hopes of foes of water plan

Opponents of Aspen’s proposal to build reservoirs up two pristine mountain valleys are cheering a move by the city to acquire a potential alternative water-storage location. The city said in a news release this week that it has contracted to buy two adjacent parcels totaling about 63 acres in Woody Creek near Aspen for $2.65 million. The goal would be to transfer storage rights currently decreed for proposed locations on Castle and Maroon creeks. The city has held those conditional water rights since the 1960s and has filed to keep the rights for another six years. The long-proposed reservoirs would involve [...]

News buoys hopes of foes of water plan 2018-04-18T16:01:40+00:00

Aspen to buy land in Woody Creek for possible water storage, wants to transfer rights

Aspen city officials said Wednesday they plan to seek water court approval to transfer the city's two conditional water rights to store a combined 13,629 acre-feet of water in upper Castle and Maroon creeks to other potential storage locations in the Roaring Fork River valley. Those locations include 63 acres of land it has under contract to purchase for $2.65 million on Raceway Drive in Woody Creek, a neighboring gravel pit operated by Elam Construction, Inc., the city's golf course, portions of the Maroon Creek Club golf course owned by the city, and Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen City Manager Steve Barwick [...]

Aspen to buy land in Woody Creek for possible water storage, wants to transfer rights 2018-04-17T19:41:19+00:00

Firm again loses appeal over leases

For the second time in less than a month, a Denver-based oil and gas firm lost an appeal in its efforts to challenge the loss of three leases in the Mesa County portion of the Thompson Divide. The Interior Board of Land Appeals issued the decision against WillSource Enterprise Wednesday, following another ruling on related appeal issues May 9 on the same leases. WillSource President Reed Williams previously has said the leases covered some 2,500 acres. They were eliminated from a seven-lease unit near the headwaters of Divide Creek in the Thompson Divide, an area southwest of Glenwood Springs that activists [...]

Firm again loses appeal over leases 2018-04-18T16:03:15+00:00

Feds: No water rights without permit

10 parties oppose city in water rights cases The United States of America and Pitkin County are among the 10 parties that have filed statements of opposition in two conditional water rights cases being pursued by the city of Aspen in water court for Maroon Creek Reservoir and Castle Creek Reservoir. In addition to the two governments, four environmental organizations and four private-property owners filed statements in the cases by the Dec. 31 deadline. Such statements of opposition are typically short and generic, and simply give notice of formal entry into a case. But the statements filed by the U.S. and [...]

Feds: No water rights without permit 2018-04-15T18:30:19+00:00

American Rivers to challenge Aspen in water court

The City of Aspen has filed to keep conditional water rights on Castle and Maroon creeks because, council members say, the town may one day need water storage. The national advocacy group American Rivers plans to be one of several organizations that will oppose the city in water court. Read Full Article >> 

American Rivers to challenge Aspen in water court 2018-04-17T16:28:30+00:00

Opposition to Aspen’s Castle Creek dam rights rolls in

Three parties file suit, but more expected The owner of a $12 million property in the Castle Creek valley where the city of Aspen says it intends to build a 170-foot-tall dam filed a statement of opposition in water court Tuesday in response to the city’s effort to maintain its conditional water rights for the Castle Creek Reservoir project. The property owner since 2008 is Double R Creek Ltd., an entity controlled by Robert Y. C. Ho, a member of a prominent Hong Kong family, which paid $6.6 million for the land. Ho is chairman of the Robert H. N. Ho [...]

Opposition to Aspen’s Castle Creek dam rights rolls in 2018-04-15T18:32:30+00:00

Wilderness Workshop challenges city of Aspen over dams

Wilderness Workshop filed a statement of opposition Wednesday to the city of Aspen's preliminary intent to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon creeks, the Carbondale conservation group announced. The nonprofit joins Pitkin County in opposition to damming the two streams to conserve water for future use. County commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to file a statement of opposition in District 5 Water Court in Glenwood Springs. "We applaud the city for its record of environmental stewardship and commitment to studying alternatives to building dams in two of Colorado's most iconic valleys," said Conservation Director Will Roush in a statement. "The water [...]

Wilderness Workshop challenges city of Aspen over dams 2018-04-17T20:23:20+00:00