A new proposal to allow the development of a 90- acre open pit mine in Eagle County at the
gateway to the Colorado River has local river users asking questions. We encourage everyone to
attend an Open
December 6 at 6 PM at the Gypsum Recreation Center, and to make your voices heard
at the Town
meeting where they will discuss the application on December 13 at 7 PM.
Elam Construction of Grand Junction, Colorado is seeking annexation into the Town of Gypsum and a
special use permit to operate a sand & gravel mine along with an Asphalt production facility
and possibly a ready-mix concrete batch plant along a pristine stretch of the Colorado River.
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Currently within unincorporated Eagle County the development proposal sits firmly against many of
the land use visions and zoning for the area. This stretch of riverfront has been called
the “Jewel of Eagle County” and “the gateway to the Colorado River and Flat
Tops Wilderness areas.” Incorporation into the Town of Gypsum would arguably soften some of
those regulations, approvals and oversight.
The proposed site is immediately adjacent to the Eagle Valley Land Trust’s recently
, which identifies the area as having species such as bald eagles, osprey, great blue
herons and song birds who rely on this undeveloped land for habitat. Local river users,
wildlife enthusiasts and others are questioning why the town would consider this particular land
use in an area immediately adjacent to this preservation. Furthermore, this part of Eagle County
is well known for having world class fishing and is directly updtream of several classic white
The project appears to have been rushed through local meetings with minimal notice or time for
public input, the town mailed property owners within 300ft of the project but otherwise no public
awareness of the proposal was created.
It is our hope that we can get the word out to as many people as possible before Tuesday December
13th when the town council will vote on this. Please spread the word and attend these two
meetings to make your voice heard!
Before the Gypsum Town council votes on a land use that will have a permanent impact on the river
and ecosystem for generations to come, our community has the right and responsibility to gain a
greater understanding of the potential benefits (and possible negative impacts) to the town of
Gypsum, the environment and the surrounding wildlife.
Photo courtesy of Town of Gypsum Planning Commission