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.
An academic study found broad-based concern among residents about “degraded quality of life” related to the increasing number of visitors.
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.
“This use, combined with new patterns of social distancing, has translated into visible impacts and degradation on the land,” according to OST director Tennenbaum.
“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.
More monitoring may be recommended; “We definitely need to dig deeper,” said one Pitkin County official
Greater efficiency, renewable energy storage are implementation goals.
Public access to be determined in the context of biodiversity using ’best available science’ as the guide.
Studies show residential buildout is no more than halfway done, and that new homes are getting bigger and consuming more.
Average summer-month temperatures in Pitkin, Garfield counties up between 2 and 3.5 degrees as runoff comes earlier and streamflows decline.