U.S. Senate Race - Candidate Responses

 

COREY GARDNER, REPUBLICAN
U.S. Senate Candidate

1. Colorado State Water Plan and Basin Implementation Plans have increased awareness and questions about Colorado’s long-range water supply. What proactive approaches are you considering to ensure the future of clean, safe water supply in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/or your area of influence? (250 word limit)

Colorado’s rapidly growing population and warming climate have made it more clear than ever before that an all-of-government approach is critical to ensuring Western States like Colorado have sufficient access to long-term, clean, and sustainable water resources. 

On the federal level, we must continue to prioritize the research and development of innovative technologies that bolster clean energy and keep pollutants from contaminating our waterways and watersheds. I’m grateful for the work being done at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden to further these priorities and am proud that I have helped lead them to historic funding levels in the last few years.

Also, we must continue to prioritize mitigation and funding for wildfires in order to prevent watersheds from flooding, eroding, or becoming contaminated as a result. I began implementing the Glenwood Canyon Resiliency Program to unite local, state, and federal efforts and make sure the region is prepared to withstand the long-term impacts of the Grizzly Creek Fire.

We have a lot of work to do ahead of us to restore the forests, ensure the community has safe drinking water, keep our highways and infrastructure safe, and get the region through the economic challenges from both the fire and the COVID-19 pandemic.

We must partner with local producers, users, recreationalists and communities to work together on shared public resources. 

 

2. Water, recreation and agriculture have shown to be integral parts of the economy and values of Coloradans. How will you address the sustainability of these three integral elements of western Colorado’s character in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/ or your area of influence? (250 word limit)

As a fifth generation Coloradan from a rural farming town, I maintain a profound respect for the Centennial State’s public lands, water, and agricultural industries. 

Colorado’s agricultural industry contributes $41 billion to our economy and employs nearly 173,000 people. More importantly, our agricultural producers answered the call as they worked through this current economic and public health crisis to provide Coloradans with local and sustainable food sources. I will continue to work to ensure that federal laws and regulations reflect the needs of these critical industries and allows them to continue providing for the people of Colorado.

The outdoor recreation economy in Colorado directly employs more than 200,000 and adds $11 billion to our economy annually. In addition to the $24 million in federal grants I recently secured to support improvements to Roaring Fork infrastructure, making it easier for Coloradans and visitors alike to access our public lands, I also brought Republicans and Democrats together to authorize my Great American Outdoors Act, the most significant conservation law in the last 50 years. This bipartisan achievement creates 100,000 jobs, provides full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the crown-jewel of conservation programs, and commits billions to address long-overdue repairs within Colorado’s four National Parks as well as the entire National Park System. My Great American Outdoors Act makes sure that funding for land, water, parks, forest, and wilderness protection is both prioritized and maintained for generations to come.


JOHN HICKENLOOPER, DEMOCRAT
U.S. Senate Candidate

1. Colorado State Water Plan and Basin Implementation Plans have increased awareness and questions about Colorado’s long-range water supply. What proactive approaches are you considering to ensure the future of clean, safe water supply in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/or your area of influence?  

Clean, safe drinking water is a right, not a privilege. As Governor, I’m proud to have pushed through Colorado’s first-of-its-kind statewide Water Plan which set up a roadmap for solving Colorado’s water challenges. We need bold, innovative projects to meet the needs of our growing cities, vibrant agricultural sector, recreation economy, and Colorado’s gorgeous environment.

As Senator, I look forward to building on these efforts by ensuring that federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and the Environmental Protection Agency make funding available for projects and improve policies to ensure they prioritize building drought resilience and enabling states and local communities to build modern water management systems.

In the Senate, I will also move Reclamation to focus on drought resiliency. I know from my time as Governor that Reclamation has been a good partner with Colorado River Basin States over the last two decades of drought to study problems and cooperate on responses. Most recently, this resulted in passage of the 2019 Drought Contingency Plan, which I was proud to have helped negotiate during my governorship.

 

2. Water, recreation and agriculture have shown to be integral parts of the economy and values of Coloradans. How will you address the sustainability of these three integral elements of western Colorado’s character in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/ or your area of influence? 

The federal government must take a leadership role in fighting climate change and addressing its impacts. In Colorado, we’ve seen first-hand the impact of climate change from the 2013 floods to the wildfires that tore through the state this summer. 

Scientists from Colorado’s universities have shown that, in higher temperatures, less water flows in our rivers, and less water is available for use. We are already seeing these impacts in the last 20 years of drought conditions on the West Slope.

It’s not enough to fight for funding and resources, we need an administration that will address the threat of climate change and a Senator who will stand up for science. I support moving to a 100 percent clean energy economy as soon as possible and will make sure we move aggressively to tackle this existential threat.

As Senator, I am committed to helping fund innovative solutions that protect Colorado’s world class cities, farms and ranches, recreation and fish and wildlife. In addition, I will support Colorado’s involvement in the renegotiation of the 2007 Colorado River Basin Water Shortage Guidelines, a process that will begin in earnest next year and which ultimately may need Congress to pass legislation and provide funding.

Finally, I am excited to work through how Colorado can best take advantage of Land & Water Fund resources to build projects or programs that increase recreational access, fishing and fisheries in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the State.

 

 

RAYMOND DOANE, LIBERTARIAN
U.S. Senate Candidate

1. Colorado State Water Plan and Basin Implementation Plans have increased awareness and questions about Colorado’s long-range water supply. What proactive approaches are you considering to ensure the future of clean, safe water supply in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/or your area of influence? 

2. Water, recreation and agriculture have shown to be integral parts of the economy and values of Coloradans. How will you address the sustainability of these three integral elements of western Colorado’s character in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/ or your area of influence? 

I guess my answer would be the same for both questions.

I would promote the allowance of the use of thorium-salt reactors alongside other sources as part of a much needed overhaul of our outdated power grid. This would allow for desalination to be feasible and allow for decreased reliance on water usage from all water pacts. This would leave them in their natural state and allow water levels to rise to "natural levels". This allows for safe and clean water supply along with allowing recreation and agriculture to thrive to levels unseen in CO.

 

 

 

 

After several attempts to contact candidates via email and Facebook over a two week period, we did not receive comments from the following candidates for U.S. Senate:  Stephan Evans, Bruce Lohmiller, Danny Skelly.

After extensive research, no contact information was found for the following candidates for U.S. Senate: Daniel Doyle and Michael Sanchez.

 

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