Colorado is a headwaters state, the birthplace of major rivers like the Rio Grande, Arkansas, Platte and the mighty Colorado – and so we understand how important it is to protect the headwaters. Indeed, some 75% of Colorado’s rivers and streams – 76,000 miles worth – may not be protected under the Clean Water Act if the new EPA and Corps guidance isn’t adopted (these are the intermittent and ephemeral streams, shown in red on the map below). Nationwide, some 60% of rivers and streams are at risk, as outlined in a recent Trout Unlimited report.
The agencies are taking public comment on this proposal until November 14. Equally important, please let your elected representatives know you support these vital water quality protections. If you haven’t yet submitted comments, please click here to learn more and take action!
If you’ve already submitted comments, thank you for your help, and please spread the word with your friends.
It is simple common sense — if we don’t protect the headwaters, we cannot protect our downstream rivers.
Trout Unlimited is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds. Follow TU on Facebook and Twitter, and visit us online at tu.org.