Transformative Water

Pitkin County, Colorado, U.S.A

Project Facts

  • The 40-acre Colorado ranch sits at an elevation of 7,200 feet and occupies a flat glacial terrace above the Roaring Fork River.
  • During the 1980s, the ranch was converted into an asphalt production plant for work on an adjacent highway.
  • Purchased by the current owners in the mid-1990s, the restored ranch compound is now a model of sustainable planning and environmental stewardship.
  • Law requires that the land function as a holding facility for water used by the nearby village. New man-made wetlands and pond aeration systems increase the water quality.


  • Rural
  • Re-development Plan
  • Riverfront
  • Stream
  • Brownfield

Environmental Benefits

  • Creates Habitat for Wildlife
  • Improves Soil Health
  • Protects Water Supply
  • Reintroduces Native Plants
  • Removes Invasive Plants
  • Salvages Materials