Red Lady

Red Lady

Photo: Nathan Bilow
Photo: Nathan Bilow

The Land Trust continues to work toward a resolution on the amount of conditional water rights proposed for use by U.S. Energy in their efforts to develop a molybdenum mine on Mt. Emmons, known locally as “Red Lady”.

The Land Trust believes the Court must give consideration to the potential impact on natural resources, in this case, the wetlands of the Slate River that define our community.

Wetlands are key players in reducing the intensity and frequency of flooding. Acting as nature’s sponge, wetlands are natural buffers, soaking up and storing significant amounts—literally millions of gallons—of potential flooding snow melt for Crested Butte each spring and summer. As we’ve recently seen in devastated front-range communities, flooding can be incredibly costly and damaging to human health.

These wetlands are a crucial water source for ducks, geese, beaver, ermine, elk, black bear and other wildlife that also call our valley home.

If you have questions regarding this project, please contact Executive Director, Ann Johnston, at 970.349.1206 or director@cblandtrust.org.