Aspen: Local conservationists win awards

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From the Aspen Daily News:

[Attorney John Ely] was given a 2010 Conservation Hero Award from the Colorado Environmental Coalition. The coalition cited him for using legislation passed in 2008 to launch a partnership with the state and the Colorado Water Trust which dedicated water rights from county open space properties to local rivers and streams — essentially sidestepping the pitfalls of Colorado water law’s “use it or lose it” rules. In a June 9 ceremony that included remarks by Gov. Bill Ritter, the environmental organization also honored Ely for his work creating the Healthy Rivers and Streams Fund, which voters approved as a sales tax increase in 2008…

…last week the Roaring Fork Conservancy honored Richards as their “River Conservator of the Year.” Richards has developed an expertise in the politics of water and she works regionally on water issues, including representing the county on the Colorado River Basin roundtable and vice-chairs the Northwest Council of Governments Water Quality and Quantity Committee. Like Ely, she was cited for her leadership in the creation of the Healthy Rivers and Streams Fund and the county’s Water Trust agreement, along with measures preparing for drought and fighting transmountain diversions from the Roaring Fork watershed.

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