Carbondale Utilities Department will begin performing annual cleaning and maintenance of the sewer system throughout town starting Tuesday, Nov. 13. High pressure water is used to perform this maintenance, creating a potential inconvenience for customers with short service lines. The Carbondale Utilities Department offers the following suggestions to assist in keeping inconvenience to a minimum.1: If you have experienced a problem in the past with back pressure or water back up in your plumbing fixtures, cover those fixtures with a plastic bag or towel between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. 2: If you have pets in the home please leave a window cracked open for ventilation.3: If you experience the smells of sewer gas don’t be alarmed, leave a window cracked open; this odor normally dissipates quickly.4: A backwater valve is strongly recommended on services less than 20 feet in length from the collector line to foundation. This acts as a check valve; it is designed to stop reverse flows on sanitary service lines.
Roaring Fork Conservancy, Pitkin County, American Rivers and the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association will host a public educational forum for community members, stakeholders, land owners and business owners to explore the process of a Wild and Scenic River designation for the Crystal River. The forum takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Redstone Inn, and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Third Street Center in Carbondale.The forum panel will include Kay Hopkins from the White River National Forest; Chuck Wanner, former Fort Collins city councilman who played an integral role in the designation of the Cache la Poudre as Wild & Scenic; Mike Moody from the Native Fish Society in Oregon who has participated in the Wild and Scenic process on the Molalla River in Oregon; and David Moryc, senior director of River Protection at American Rivers. The public is encouraged to participate to learn more about the process of designation, ask questions, and be part of the effort to evaluate the effectiveness, appropriateness of this possible designation for the Crystal River.More information is available at http://www.roaringfork.org/crystalriver.
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