At stake: Colorado's precious rivers

From the mighty Colorado and Arkansas rivers, to Boulder Creek, Clear Creek, and the rest of the streams in our backyards, Colorado’s waters are a big part of what makes life here so great. We should be able to raft, fish, tube or otherwise enjoy our waters knowing that they are protected from toxic dumping and irresponsible development.

73,000 miles of waterways open to pollution

In the last decade, polluter-driven court decisions gutted the Clean Water Act and left 68 percent of Colorado’s waterways open to unchecked pollution and development—the same waterways that feed our rivers, like the Arkansas and the Colorado. This means that over 73,000 miles of streams and rivers1—and the drinking water sources for 3.7 million Coloradans—are at risk of toxic dumping, development and more.

Polluters fighting to block our progress 

Last year, we took a major step forward when the Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan to close these loopholes in the Clean Water Act. But already, big polluters and their allies in Congress are doing everything they can to block protections for our rivers.

It’s clear that if polluters win, our rivers will suffer. We know that we can’t compete with their lobbyists dollar for dollar. But the public is with us—and if we can build enough support, we can convince the EPA to protect our rivers for good. That’s why we’re mobilizing Coloradans to take a stand for the Arkansas River, Boulder Creek, and all of our rivers and streams.

Together, we can win

Protecting our rivers is a big challenge, but we’ve convinced the EPA to take the first step. Now, we're calling on the EPA to finish the job by closing the loopholes and protecting our rivers for good. Together, we can build the support it will take to overcome the polluters, close the loopholes, and keep our rivers clean.

Click here to tell the EPA: Protect Colorado's rivers.

Issue updates

News Release | Environment Colorado

Clean Water Act turns 35: challenges lie ahead

Clean water advocates celebrated the Clean Water Act’s 35th anniversary alongside the Platte River today, highlighting the Act’s successes as well as its challenges outlined in a new report by Environment Colorado entitled Troubled Waters: An analysis of Clean Water Act compliance. According to the report, in 2005 more than 45 percent of industrial and municipal facilities across Colorado discharged more pollution into our waterways than their Clean Water Act permits allow.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Colorado Waters Under Pressure

Colorado’s water quality declined 21% for rivers and streams and 31% for lakes over the last eight years, and will continue to decline if changes aren’t made, according to Water Under Pressure, a new report released today by Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Protecting America's Waters: Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007 introduced

Environment Colorado applauds U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D – Denver) and more than 150 of her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives for introducing the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007. This important legislation protects America’s waters by ensuring that all U.S. waterways continue to be safeguarded by the Clean Water Act.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Colorado maintains crucial regulations controlling runoff from construction activities on oil and gas sites

On May 14, 2007, the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission declined to change the regulation requiring stormwater controls on oil and gas sites in Colorado, thereby ensuring continued protection of Colorado’s rivers and streams from pollution from the burgeoning energy exploration industry.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Conservationists give legislature, Governor green stamp of approval

Today leaders of Colorado’s conservation community met at the state capitol to outline the numerous 2007 legislative victories for Colorado’s environment.

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