The headwaters of Maroon Creek start high up in the Elk Mountains and the Maroon Bells, and begin with East and West Maroon Creeks, joining together before the town of Aspen and snaking alongside ski slopes. Maroon Creek then flows west of downtown Aspen and joins with the Roaring Fork River.
Colorado Water Trust’s Maroon Creek project was our first project in the Roaring Fork River Basin.
We started talking to Pitkin County about how we could work together to improve flows in the Roaring Fork Basin in 2001. It wasn’t until a new bill was passed in the Colorado House of Representatives (House Bill 08-1280) in 2008 that allowed water users more flexibility in how they could use their water rights, that we could move forward in brainstorming viable solutions. Together with Pitkin County and the Colorado Water Conservation Board, we signed an innovative Trust Agreement in 2013 to allow the County to keep water in the Maroon Creek at the Stapleton Brothers Ditch, for the purpose of improving streamflows.