Environmental groups rally in Denver against bill in U.S. House

July 25, 2011

Colorado hunting, fishing, bird- watching and other environment groups rallied Friday to oppose federal legislation that they say would hurt Western economies and natural resources.

The legislation — a spending bill pushed by House Republicans and up for a full House vote next week — would allow uranium mining on public lands near the Grand Canyon, limit the government’s ability to set standards for controlling greenhouse-gas pollution and grant exemptions from laws to protect air and water. It would cut $2.1 billion from Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Interior programs that heavily affect Western states.

“What we have here is a recipe of toxic ingredients that’ll make for a very foul stew,” Colorado Wildlife Federation director Suzanne O’Neill said at the event in central Denver.

Colorado Trout Unlimited president Sinjin Eberle said the bill would weaken protection for rivers and landscapes, including the Black Canyon, just when they need greater protection. “This is a giveaway of our great outdoors,” he said.

Supporters of the bill have targeted the EPA, in particular, accusing the agency of regulatory zeal that kills jobs. They contend the legislation is necessary to reduce spending, increase certainty for companies and encourage creation of jobs.

Environmental groups rally in Denver against bill in U.S. House – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18534177#ixzz1T8GultUm

Removing protections for Colo.`s rivers and wetlands

March 18, 2011

Daily Camera

Guest Opinion from Jo Evans, director at large of Colorado Trout Unlimited Board of Directors and Sharon Lance, trustee of Trout Unlimited Board of Trustees.
Read more: Removing protections for Colo.`s rivers and wetlands – Boulder Daily Camera

Salazar report touts fishing, outdoor sports

March 7, 2011

Pueblo Chieftain

Guest commentary by Chris Wood, chief executive officer of Trout Unlimited and Jim Klug, chairman of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.


Salazar vows to protect habitat

October 12, 2010

by Emery Cowan
Herald Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. John Salazar on Friday announced plans to protect two areas of important wildlife habitat near Durango that have been considered recently for gas and oil development.

Under proposed legislation, Animas Mountain and Perins Peak wildlife areas would be protected from development for mineral extraction, Salazar, D-Manassa, said during a stop in Durango.

He also announced that he will draft legislation to protect the 155,000-acre Hermosa Creek watershed.

Trout Unlimited, in a news release Friday, lauded Salazar’s announcement on protecting the Hermosa Creek watershed. The Five Rivers Chapter, based in Durango, said it has worked to balance local water and recreation concerns in the watershed and passed its recommendations on to Salazar.


Water is crucial to rural economies

February 1, 2010

Pueblo Chieftain


When water leaves a community so does the opportunity to attract companies, build homes, draw business or grow crops.  When water leaves a community, so does a community’s future opportunity for prosperity. We’re facing tough economic times, but we need to ensure that when we rebound, that we rebound together as an entire state — urban and rural.

   That is why I am running House Bill 1159 to require that mitigation plans must be a part of any large transfer of water from one part of the state to another — specifically from one river basin to another.     When a farm shuts down operations, the tractor repairman or the fertilizer salesperson will soon close their doors. Under current Colorado water law, there is no legal consideration for the permanent loss to the economy that is felt when water is transferred permanently out of a community.


State board approves water trust with PitCo

November 17, 2009
by Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) on Monday approved a proposal from Pitkin County to hold 4.3 cubic feet per second of water in a trust in order to leave the water flowing down Maroon Creek and the Roaring Fork River.

The trust agreement allows the county to ultimately retain its water rights, without weakening those rights, and empowers the CWCB to manage the water under its minimum streamflow program to the benefit of the rivers’ aquatic environments.

Pitkin County’s proposal, which has been in front of the CWCB since January, had the support of the Colorado Water Trust, Trout Unlimited, and the Colorado Environmental Coalition.


Pitkin County to donate water to boost Roaring Fork flows

November 17, 2009
Trust agreement a first in Colorado
Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times

DENVER — Pitkin County will become the first holder of water rights in Colorado to donate water to a river in order to augment in-stream flows.

The nine voting members of the Colorado Water Conservation Board approved a trust agreement with the county Monday in Denver after a four-and-a-half-hour hearing.

“Everybody had smiles on their faces — except the opponents,” said John Ely, county attorney, in a telephone interview at the close of the proceedings.

The CWCB staff, Pitkin County and representatives of Trout Unlimited and the Colorado Water Trust spoke in favor of the trust arrangement, as did the city of Aspen’s water counsel, Ely said.