Damming Options for the Crystal RiverThe Crystal River was named one of the top ten most endangered rivers in the nation earlier this month by national conservation group, American Rivers. At issue is whether or not to build a dam and reservoir between Redstone and Marble. Pitkin County officials, local groups, and American Rivers say the dam will ruin the river. But, the West Divide Water Conservancy District and the Colorado River Conservation District say their project will improve the river's health and ensure water for downstream uses during dry years.
Brent Gardner-Smith has been covering the story and other local water issues for Aspen Journalism. He joined KDNK"s Amy Hadden Marsh recently for a conversation about the proposed dam.