Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited the site of flood mitigation efforts at the burned Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs today to highlight the need for emergency watershed protection funding after last year’s devastating fire season. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Standing in the snow and flanked by local officials, the Colorado Democrat pointed to sediment ponds aimed at reducing flood risk in the Waldo Canyon burn area. Federal funding was stripped from a Superstorm Sandy relief bill last month, and Bennet says it’s important to reinstate that funding to help protect and restore watersheds.

“We have to convince people again that we have had an emergency in Colorado, which we have, and that this 20 million dollars that we’d be investing here now potentially saves us hundreds of millions of dollars, lives, and personal property, but if we don’t invest it now, the opportunity may be lost.”

Bennet said political games have kept the critical funding from reaching the communities that need it. The visit comes as the country teeters on significant budget cuts if Congress doesn’t pass a deficit reduction plan.

 

Comments are closed.

News

August 21, 2017 | NPR · President Greg Fenves ordered the immediate removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and three other Confederate figures from a main area of campus. The removals should be complete by mid-morning Monday.
 

August 20, 2017 | NPR · Another five sailors are injured after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker, east of Singapore, the Navy says.
 

Getty Images
August 20, 2017 | NPR · A town of 26,000 will more than double in size as the Great American Eclipse takes place in August. From the local state university to longtime bakery, people are getting ready for it to get dark.
 

Arts & Life

HBO
August 21, 2017 | NPR · In “Beyond the Wall,” beardy bros go on a wight-hunt and struggle to get to know one another. Luckily, in this penultimate episode of season 7, they find the perfect ice-breaker.
 

August 20, 2017 | NPR · Funny man George Wallace remembers how comedian and activist Dick Gregory opened the door for black comics to enter the mainstream. Gregory died Saturday at age 84.
 

August 20, 2017 | NPR · Sue Grafton’s latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.
 

Music

August 20, 2017 | NPR · While watching the total eclipse, folks might want to follow along with some toe-tapping music about the sun, stars and moon. We’ve got the playlist for the wondrous sky event.
 

August 20, 2017 | NPR · Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras recently returned from the Latin American Music Conference in New York and presents some musical gems he discovered there.
 

HarperCollins
August 19, 2017 | NPR · In her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab