Study finds Roaring Fork River has no big pollution problem |

Study finds Roaring Fork River has no big pollution problem

ASPEN (AP) ” A study of the Roaring Fork River has found no major pollution problems but raises concerns about transmountain diversion, the sale of water rights to downstream users and residential development along the banks.

The study will be released in September. It was sponsored by the Ruedi Water and Power Authority, a coalition of local governments with an interest in the Roaring Fork watershed.

Authority director Mark Fuller says the study found no major pollution from industry or mine tailings.

Fuller says the shipment of water east is a concern. So are the loss of natural streamside vegetation to groomed lawns, and the possibility that water could be sold to downstream users.

The river flows through Aspen and Carbondale to the Colorado River.

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