A citizens’ board that advises the Pitkin County Commissioners on water issues voted 6-0 Thursday to urge them to “vigorously oppose” the city of Aspen’s pursuit of conditional water rights that could result in dams in Maroon and Castle Creek valleys.

A letter from the Pitkin County Healthy Rivers board will advise the county commissioners to formally file statements of opposition to Aspen’s continuation of the conditional water rights. The opposition would be made in water court.

The board members said they must not only send the letter to the county commissioners, but also show up in person when the commissioners are considering the issue to show how strongly they feel about the issue.

“This is really the first time that we may have a different perspective” with the commissioners, said Healthy Rivers board chair Lisa Tasker.

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