Bennet encourages Colorado families to Visit Federal Lands

Every Kid in a Park Program allows 4th Graders Free Access to Federal Lands

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is encouraging families with fourth graders to take advantage of the opportunity to visit federal lands for free. The Every Kid in a Park Program, launched this month, allows America's fourth graders to visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to register for a pass to visit our nation's beautiful public lands and waters. The program can help get kids outside to hike, fish, and enjoy the scenery with their families. It's also a unique chance for kids to learn about the rich culture and history our state has to offer.
Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approving new rules that will help rural counties like La Plata and Montezuma access local in-state broadcasts from cable and satellite providers. Currently, La Plata and Montezuma counties receive television broadcasts from New Mexico rather than Colorado, meaning they are unable to receive local news, sports, and emergency information.

Colowyo Mine Assessment Officially Completed, Saving more than 200 Jobs

Bennet, Local Leaders, Community Pushed Interior to Complete Assessment

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is pleased that the Department of Interior has completed a draft environmental assessment required by a court ruling to keep the Colowyo mine in operation, saving more than 200 jobs in Moffat County. By finishing the assessment before the court ordered deadline, OSM has ensured that the Colowyo mine will remain open, saving jobs and the economy in Northwest Colorado.

Bennet Applauds New Funding for Sage Grouse Conservation

USDA Announces $211 Million for Sage Grouse Initiative

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today applauded the $211 million investment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today. The strategy will build upon successful public and private conservation efforts made since 2010 to improve both Gunnison and Greater sage grouse habitat.
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced today that they have sent a letter to Arthur A. Elkins, Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanding answers to several pressing questions related to the EPA's spilling of wastewater into the Animas River.
Members of the Colorado and New Mexico Congressional delegations today are urging President Barack Obama to direct any and all appropriate federal resources to help respond to damage from the Gold King Mine spill that occurred in southwest Colorado last week. Communities in both states along the affected rivers are working quickly to minimize the short-term and long-term public health and economic challenges caused by the tragic spill. Recovering from the spill will take a full and coordinated approach from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies working with state, tribal, and local officials.