New Report Shows Colorado’s Streams and Wetlands Endangered

from Wildlife Promise

photo credit: NPS/Rocky Mountain National ParkA new report highlights threats to Colorado’s waters and wetlands under regulatory guidance resulting from two Supreme Court Cases. The report identifies five cases where the loss of Clean Water Act protections has put Colorado waters at risk for pollution, unrestricted drainage and destruction.

“Without these protections, Colorado’s limited and precious aquatic resources are at further risk,” said Dennis Buechler, Director Emeritus of the Colorado Wildlife Federation and the author of the report. “In some instances where protections have been removed completely, the state of law has caused unnecessary confusion.”

This confusion threatens Colorado’s streams and wetlands which provide habitat and benefits to more than 75 percent of the state’s wildlife and waterfowl. It also jeopardizes the multi-billion dollar hunting and fishing industries.

Read more about the report at nwf.org.