It isn't often we hear about lawmakers in Washington working across the aisle to get things done, but in the Senate's Energy and Natural Resource Committee, this is exactly what is happening.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) joined Colorado's two Democrats in the Senate, Mark Udall (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), to praise the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act in a hearing last week before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act is intended to protect the Hermosa Creek watershed in San Juan National Forest through the establishment of a management plan for the watershed. When passed, the bill will designate 108,000 acres of San Juan National Forest as the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Area.
"Southwestern Colorado is home to some of the most stunning wildlands and important watersheds in the state," Udall said. "We don't inherit the land from our parents; we borrow it from our children. So we have a sacred responsibility to use the land responsibly and preserve it where we can."
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