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Water and Air Quality Guidelines

Panoramic view of mountain ski slopes of the Beaver Creek Vally at dusk

Water and Air Quality Guidelines

From the beginning, Beaver Creek has been committed to fish and wildlife habitat. In keeping with the effort, the resort’s road maintenance crews continue to review and modify practices to maintain water quality. Beaver Creek Resort’s commitment to water quality during all soil disturbance projects is strictly enforced. Contractors are required to meet with the design review board and private security staff, prior to construction, for approval on the required standards. Fines are levied for any noncompliance.

Approximately 20 years ago, management decided upon the use of granite chips to replace lava cinders commonly used for road traction. The department made great strides in limiting the sediment fines that reach area waterways. To further this commitment, Beaver Creek established a program to further reduce sediment released to our waterways. Beaver Creek distributes over 1500 tons of granite chips on the resorts roadways, and, in turn, collects and recycles over 70 % of all chips, thus improving sedimentation in the surrounding streams.

In addition, resort officials implemented a sedimentation basin cleaning program to further reduce effects on our watershed. The resort has always been concerned with air quality and began monitoring air quality elements for contaminants and purity in the late 1970s, prior to its construction. In a proactive move to protect regional air quality, Beaver Creek restricted the number of fireplaces that were allowed to be built in the village core area. Throughout the summer season, Beaver Creek Resort uses magnesium chloride on all mountain dirt roads. It is a moisture retention chemical that dramatically reduces dust. In 1988, due to high levels of particulates found through the resort’s air quality monitoring systems, Beaver Creek discontinued use of cinders upon icy roads during the wintertime and instead began using triple washed granite chips which caused an immediate reduction in airborne particulates.


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