Glenwood Springs Chamber Board of Directors Unanimously Opposes Quarry Expansion
Glenwood Springs Chamber Board of Directors Unanimously Oppose Quarry Expansion
At their November meeting, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association (GSCRA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed Mid-Continent limestone quarry expansion. The resolution is additionally supported by a recent survey of chamber members, which resulted in 90.2% of respondents indicating that they do not support the expansion. Local governments including Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Snowmass Village, Aspen and Pitkin County have also opposed the expansion.
The GSCRA is the longest-standing community and business organization in Glenwood Springs. Since 1919, the Chamber has provided quality programs and services to drive the economic prosperity and sustainability of the community. Creating a climate of growth and success has involved efforts to improve opportunity, infrastructure, development, tourism and education. Representing over 450 businesses, the GSCRA’s mission is to provide leadership, promote commerce, encourage measured growth and support endeavors which will enrich the quality of life in our community.
Mid-Continent Quarry owner, Rocky Mountain Resources (RMR,) is seeking to expand the quarry located a mile north of downtown Glenwood Springs from 15.7 acres to 447 acres. While the proposed quarry expansion could generate some potential incidental economic benefits to Glenwood Springs and its surrounding communities, the GSCRA believes this expansion is an immediate and long-term threat to the economy of Glenwood Springs and surrounding communities, specifically the tourism and outdoor recreation economy given the adverse impacts to hillsides, viewsheds, air quality, water quality, noise pollution, light pollution and other natural resources of Glenwood Springs. These values are the foundation of our tourism and recreation economy, in addition to being key ingredients of the quality of life across the entire community.
For over 130 years, since the establishment of the historic Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Springs has been a highly regarded tourism destination and world class resort. The city has been recognized as a celebrated destination for visitors with accolades such as “America’s Most Fun Town” by Rand McNally and USA Today, Elevation Outdoors magazine’s “Top Adventure Town,” and many others (visitglenwood.com).
Tourism is the economic backbone of our community, accounting for approximately 1.2 million annual visitors and providing approximately 2,000 jobs. These jobs, in turn, produce other jobs in Glenwood Springs that are not directly tied to tourism and outdoor recreation that result in a robust local and regional economy.