Clean Water Act

May 13, 2016--Water conservation funding in Senate spending bill will benefit rivers and fish (Water Online)

On May 12, 2016 the Senate passed a bill that sets funding levels for energy and water development and includes increased investments in conservation that would benefit fish, wildlife, riparian habitat, and sportsmen, especially in drought-stricken states. In a victory for sportsmen, the bill did not include a rider to block the Clean Water Rule, which will restore pr


March 2, 2016--Lower Dolores River gets impaired status (Cortez Journal)

Colorado has listed 105 miles of the Dolores River between Slick Rock and the Utah state line as an impaired waterway because of high water temperature from chronic low flows. The Water Quality Control Commission of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment ruled on the river’s impairment status during a hearing in December. The section on the Lower Dolores River


January 16, 2016--Outdated mining laws need fundamental reform (Aspen Daily Times)

If anything was made clear by last summer’s Gold King Mine spill, it was that the laws governing hardrock mining cleanup are woefully inadequate to respond to the vast economic and environmental liabilities perched above mountain communities throughout the West.


November 5, 2015--Water rule hits choppy water (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Senate this week advanced one effort to eliminate a controversial new rule extending regulation over small bodies of water, while blocking another attempt to rewrite it. “Coloradans know when they’re getting soaked,” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, said following votes on Tuesday.


October 22, 2015--After Gold King Spill, focus turns to Good Samaritan Legislation (CPR)

Experts say the slow discharge of tainted waste is gradually polluting waterways. Across the West, a 2011 GAO report estimates about 33,000 abandoned hardrock mines are causing environmental problems. Colorado has identified 230 abandoned mines draining waste into waterways. Money is one hurdle.


August 16, 2015--In wake of Animas River catastrophe, Bennet will back Good Samaritan law (Durango Herald)

The accident that turned the Animas River orange may be revitalizing efforts to allow more reclamation projects that wouldn’t be managed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Gold King Mine, now infamous for polluting the Animas River, is one of many mines near Silverton that have been oozing heavy metals for years.


July 27, 2015--Feds face another clean water lawsuit (Summit Voice)

There will be yet more legal wrangling over a new federal clean water rule, as conservation groups said last week they will sue to plug some loopholes that could open the door for more pollution in wetlands and streams. At issue is the so-called Waters of the U.S. rule finalized by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May.


July 6, 2015--Colorado joins suit against federal water regulations (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Thirteen states, including Colorado, are challenging a federal regulation defining “waters of the United States.” The suit, filed in Bismarck, North Dakota, federal court, contends the Environmental Protection Agency’s new far-reaching rule violates the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the U.S.


June 11, 2015--Senators vote to repeal Clean Water Rule that protects millions of miles of streams (Climate Progress)

Congressional Republicans are one step closer to blocking the Obama administration’s attempt to clarify the EPA’s regulatory powers under the Clean Water Act. On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee voted 11-9 to pass a bill that would effectively repeal the administration’s recently announced regulations for water pollution.


October 20, 2014--Article discusses nation's connection to water, pricing schemes, steps toward sustainable future (Water World)

In Los Angeles and Toledo and across the U.S., historic drought, water-quality threats heightened by warming waters and poorly maintained infrastructure are converging to draw public attention to the value of fresh, clean water to a degree not seen since Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972.


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