Moffat County Submits Public Comments on Two Issues

MC Commissioners-150The Moffat County Commissioners have signed off on public comments regarding two key issues in Northwest Colorado. Jeff Comstock from the county’s Natural Resources Department presented the commissioners first with comments regarding U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s proposal to list the Yellow Billed Cuckoo as a threatened species. The bird is a tropical bird, that is mostly found in Central America, but sometimes ventures as far north as Moffat County. The agency’s plan is to find suitable habitat in Moffat County to protect. That area has already been determined…from South Beach to the Carpenter Ranch along the Yampa River. The letter being sent to Fish and Wildlife says the plan is flawed, and urges the agency to reevaluate the economic impacts of locking up that land.
The second letter was sent to the EPA, regarding the Waters of the U.S. rule. County officials say language in the rule is too vague and open to interpretation. They say terms need to be strictly defined. They also have concerns that roadside ditches, created for snow removal purposes, would fall under the rule, meaning the county would have to get federal permission every time they wanted to plow a County Road. Again, the commissioners suggest the EPA go back to the drawing board. The Waters of the U.S. rule falls under the Clean Water Act.

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