Collaborative effort seeks to protect Dolores

Colorado Legislators are giving a gift this season that will keep on giving. The Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act and the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act are exciting, positive and cooperative bills that will yield much-deserved economic and environmental reward for years and generations to come. The bills are momentous results of community input and collaboration, similar to the current efforts for the Dolores River.

The Dolores River Dialogue has been working toward addressing local needs while creating meaningful protections for our unique river and the adjacent landscape for many years. As participants in this process, we understand how much cooperation is necessary to reach a plausible agreement for landscape protections. Custom designing protections that support the social and ecological diversity that make our Western communities special places to live is an extensive process that requires genuine participation, dialogue and compromise by all stakeholders.

We appreciate the efforts of our legislators and the participating residents and stakeholders in reaching these exciting milestones, and we look forward to the protections that the ongoing efforts of the Dolores River Dialogue also will yield for our communities in Southwest Colorado.

Wade Hanson, president, Dolores River Boating Advocates

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