Gardner Joins Effort to Stop Federal Water Takeover

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has signed on as a co-sponsor to a resolution introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) which would nullify the federal infringement on water rights commonly known as the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The rule is currently on hold in 13 states, including Colorado, from implementation due to a ruling by a Federal Judge that the rule infringed on state sovereignty to govern their own water laws.

“The WOTUS rule would give the federal government authority over small ponds, ditches, and streams in states across the country,” Gardner said. “It represents a major encroachment into the rights of states to govern their own waterways, and drastically expands the federal government’s power at the expense of farmers, ranchers, and all Coloradans concerned with local control of our water supply. I’m proud to join Senator Ernst and other co-sponsors in working to block a federal takeover of Colorado waterways.”

The full text of the resolution is available here.

Senator Gardner has been a passionate opponent of the WOTUS rule and an advocate for state control of water law. He denounced the final WOTUS Rule upon its unveiling in May and applauded the decision by Federal Judge Ralph Erickson to halt the rule’s implementation. He also urged the United States Forest Service to withdraw its proposed groundwater directive in February at an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing with Chief Tidwell in order to work with Western states to find common ground.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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