What’s at Risk

Our Tourism Economy

Glenwood Springs is best known as a historic destination for vacationers with a love for diverse natural beauty and related amenities. Visitors come to swim in natural hot springs, fish in clean clear streams and rivers, and enjoy the many other recreational activities such as hiking and biking trails, skiing, golf, caving, adventure park, rafting and boating. The Glenwood Springs economy has been based on tourism since 1885, the year of its incorporation. It has been recognized as the 2011 "Most Fun Town in America" by Rand McNally and USA Today, the 2014 #6 "Best Small Towns" by Livability, the 2015 "The 5th Best Place to Live in America" by Outside Magazine, and 2015 "Most Vibrant Small Town Arts Environment in the United States" by Southern Methodist University.

Health and Safety

Water quality in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is 99 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. Glenwood Springs air quality is rated at an 84 of a possible 100 compared to 58.4 of a possible 100 for the average of the rest of the United States.

Recreation Access

Transfer Trail is a main gateway to the White River National Forest and Flat Tops Wilderness where camping, hunting, fishing, Jeeping, and local music will be highly impacted if more commercial trucking is allowed to expand.  Development along Highway 6 has grown significantly since the 20 truckload a day limit permit was issued years ago.

Increased Noise and Dust

The noise from blasting and the resulting dust will have a major affect on the population at large, tourism and the residents that live in the area.  Some residents live within 1000  feet of the open pit strip mine. Winds carry the alkaline dust either toward our water source during the day and then back over subdivisions and town when the winds change direction in the evenings.

Our Environment

All mining operations have disruptive effects on the environment, but the sheer volume of material involved in strip mining makes the impact on the environment especially devastating. It can severely erode the soil and reduce its fertility and ability to recuperate. Strip mining can pollute our water source, in this case change the alkalinity levels of our drinking water and the Colorado River. It alters and scars the landscape, damage roads, homes and other structures and destroy wildlife and its habitat. It is important to understand how strip mining works.

Contact information: Kate Collins, VP of Tourism Marketing, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1102 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, 970-945-6589 ext 105, kate@glenwoodchamber.com
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