The request for proposal (RFP) is seeking “qualified individuals or firms” to research “the relationship between healthy river systems and real estate values,” according to the RFP criteria. The study also would include describing “the economic effects that future diversions would have on residential property values associated with the Roaring Fork River.”

PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE – A study costing nearly $100,000 likely to be commissioned by the Pitkin County government aims to spell out the relationship between Aspen-area real estate values and the Roaring Fork River. The project is coming from Pitkin County Attorney John Ely and the county’s Healthy Rivers and Streams Board who, according to board member Ruthie Brown, took a cue from a Northwest Colorado Council of Governments study that examined the economic impact of water on mining, tourism and agriculture. Further analysis was warranted on water’s effect on local real estate, which is some of the priciest in the country and a major economic driver here, Brown said. The Healthy Rivers and Streams Board, in its monthly meeting today, will consider appropriating up to $80,000 for the study and will review the language of a request for proposals (RFP).
By Curtis Wackerle, June 21, 2012 ADN

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