Since 1972 the Crystal River Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA) has been fighting for the water, land, air, and rural and wilderness culture of the Crystal River Valley. Although we are a small, volunteer organization with no paid staff, we have an impressive history of fighting to protect the incredible environment surrounding us. CVEPA stopped the development of an alpine ski area above Marble, helped to oversee the reclamation of a major coal mine, helped prevent a proposed dam from destroying the upper Crystal River Valley, and continuously works to ensure public access to public lands around the valley.
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A ragtag citizens group was started in 1972 with an ambitious goal of preventing development of the Marble Ski Area and a related real estate scheme. The little group that helped defeat the Marble Ski Area celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association continues to help protect the special place!
60 Days to Comment on the Draft Gunnison Outdoor Resources Protection (GORP) Act
Deadline is July 19
Ahead of Colorado Public Lands Day happening tomorrow, Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet has announced that he will introduce legislation to protect public lands in Gunnison County after seeking input from all Colorado public lands users on the draft bill. After a decade of collaboration with the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative Working Group to develop a plan that would protect and enhance key landscapes in the Gunnison Basin and Gunnison County, the draft bill has been realized and Senator Bennet has given it a new name! The release of this legislative proposal has initiated a 60-day public comment period that will end on July 19, 2022. Bennet invites input and welcomes suggestions to improve the bill.
Use the link below to learn more and submit your comments.
After reviewing input, Bennet intends to introduce the legislation in the U.S. Senate.
Eighteen months ago, CVEPA entered into a partnership with the Aspen Valley Land Trust with the goal of putting 55 acres of valuable wetlands near Marble into conservation. CVEPA sought assurances from the State of Colorado to protect any non-profit that would accept the property from environmental liability due to a smelter site remaining from a mining project that was decommissioned, circa 1913.
In a remarkable acquisition that traveled full circle, it was the nimble and fast acting Trust for Land Restoration that accepted this property for the benefit of future generations. The TLR Board consummated in three days’ time what so many had worked to achieve for many years. The donor’s generosity, patience, and persistence to conserve this property for posterity became a reality on December 30th.
Treasure Mountain is a harbor for the most indisputably valuable of all resources… water! The cirques of Treasure Mountain are oriented dead-north and shade immense snowfields. These snow reservoirs rise 4,000 feet and encompass many square miles of snow water. Ice in this snowpack goes back decades if not a century.
The importance of the environmental health of Treasure Mountain to our community cannot be overstated by CVEPA.