Gunnison County commissioners expressed concern that an immediate, partial ban would be counterproductive but called for partner agencies to ‘lean in’ to long-term solutions.
Aspen Journalism’s “Connie Harvey Environment Desk” is named in honor of the longtime Aspen environmentalist.
New dust-on-snow monitoring technology coming to Steamboat lab, expanding a growing snowpack data network
The Storm Peak Lab station will be the latest added to a growing network of dust-on-snow monitoring towers across Colorado and Utah. Such stations offer key insights to researchers studying how dust impacts the timing and intensity of snowpack melt.
Enforcement, education campaign to debut on Lead King Loop this summer near Marble
An academic study found broad-based concern among residents about “degraded quality of life” related to the increasing number of visitors.
Soil-moisture monitoring station high in Castle Creek Valley completes local water-research network
Gathering data at all elevations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley provides scientists with a localized, clearer picture of how climate change is impacting the hydrologic cycle at the Colorado basin’s headwaters.
Pitkin County trail use spiked 44%, reaching record levels in 2020
“This use, combined with new patterns of social distancing, has translated into visible impacts and degradation on the land,” according to OST director Tennenbaum.
Cellphone towers in Glenwood Canyon a tall task
“Overburdening the canyon with unsightly towers and related wireless network infrastructure is in conflict with the environmental ideals that underpin the overall management and stewardship of the corridor,” says an FCC complaint letter.
Air quality study near Aspen airport finds no adverse effects
More monitoring may be recommended; “We definitely need to dig deeper,” said one Pitkin County official
Microgrid feasibility study underway to connect Aspen airport, RFTA, public works
Greater efficiency, renewable energy storage are implementation goals.
Thompson Divide conservation agreement is a step forward for Pitkin County, AVLT
Public access to be determined in the context of biodiversity using ’best available science’ as the guide.
Buildout projection, recent trends drive Pitkin County’s downzoning push
Studies show residential buildout is no more than halfway done, and that new homes are getting bigger and consuming more.