Garfield County reported 50 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, Eagle County added 39 cases while Pitkin County reported 13 cases.
Rio Blanco estimates the permitting will take three to five years at a cost of $6 to $10 million.
• Aspen’s paid occupancy rate reached 69.3% in September, surpassing the former record of 65.3% in September 2017.
• The Roaring Fork River ran at 37.4 cfs on Oct. 17 at Stillwater, up from 32.6 cfs last year.
Another question is: If there is a compact call, how would state engineers administer it so that already water-short basins aren’t forced to cut back even more?
• Roaring Fork River running at 39.18 cfs on Oct. 10 across town, up from 22.7 cfs on Oct. 3.
• Lake Powell’s elevation lost two inches between Oct. 3 and Oct. 10.
A coalition is pushing land managers to deal with the methane leaks by authorizing a project to capture the methane and either use it somehow or destroy it. To do that, they’ll have to surmount a host of bureaucratic challenges.
• Aspen wastewater in August mirrored 2020, down 6% from 2019, while September was down 2% from 2020, on par with 2019.
• Roaring Fork River running at 22.7 cfs on Oct. 3 across town, up from 11.31 cfs on Sept. 26.
Other findings of the report are consistent with what River District and agriculture representatives have been saying since the state began its demand-management discussions in 2019: A program must not lead to the permanent dry-up of Western Slope agriculture, and additional diversions to the Front Range are in direct conflict with asking Western Slope water users to save water.
• Crystal River at the Dow Fish Hatchery bridge running at 5.8 cfs.
• 2021 began the year with dry soils, which led to decreased runoff and streamflow in the spring.
• Lake Powell surface level drops another foot to 3,546.
Because the river is classified as impaired, city officials expect that when CDPHE issues a new discharge permit for the city’s wastewater-treatment plant, it will include more-stringent water temperature standards.