Pitkin County hammers out makeup of ‘Healthy Rivers’ board

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The Pitkin County commissioners have decided on the makeup of the board that will implement the goals for the county’s new “Healthy Rivers” fund, established in the November election, according to a report from John Colson writing for the Aspen Times. From the article:

It is to be a seven-member, appointed board. Five of those appointed must live in Pitkin County while the other two must be from within the Roaring Fork River watershed. The members will serve four-year terms that will be staggered to begin with so that the entire board does not change over at one time, and the in-country members will be appointed to represent each of the five commissioner districts, if possible…

The board, at this point in its formation, is to meet once a month to start with, and is to make recommendations to the commissioners on how to spend roughly $1 million in annual revenues from a 1 cent sales tax approved by Pitkin County voters in November 2008. According to the wording of the ballot question, the county is to spend the money on maintaining and improving water quality and quantity within the Roaring Fork River watershed; to buy, modify, lease or otherwise manage water rights; work to assure minimum stream flows in local waterways; and other actions…

County Manager Hilary Fletcher directed the triad of staffers who will work with the new board — planning director Cindy Houben, Open Space and Trails director Dale Will and Ely — to come up with a preliminary training budget for the board members, to help them get up to speed on the complicated water laws governing Colorado and the Colorado River Basin.

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