Importance of Stormwater Care
Pollution from stormwater runoff is a major concern, especially in urban and sub-urban areas. Rainwater washing across streets and sidewalks can pick up spilled oil, detergents, solvents, de-icing salt, pesticides, fertilizer, and bacteria from pet waste.
Aspen’s stormwater drains do not channel water to a treatment facility. Though a good majority the urban core is carried to the Jennie Adair wetlands, a bio-engineered detention area, before making its way to the Roaring Fork River, the remainder of the city’s runoff flows directly into the Roaring fork river, Hallam lake, and other neighboring waterbodies within the city limits.