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Restore Clean Water Act

Dear Editor:

Clean water and healthy, balanced topsoil rank highest on my list of things to nurture and protect in our community. On Sustainable Settings Ranch, clean water is essential to the production of our beyond-organic veggies, meats, eggs and dairy products. Hundreds of families rely on us for their weekly nutrition. They trust that we go the extra mile to provide the purest, healthiest environment possible so the food that comes from this ranch transfers health to them and their families. We sell the food we produce through our ranch store, restaurants, to community-sustained agriculture, a dairy co-op and the Aspen Saturday Market.

If our ditch water or wells are fouled due to oil drilling and gas fracking high up in our watershed it will not only affect the health of our animals, the life in our soils and ultimately the caliber of our food – it also will affect the health of each of us who chose to eat it.

That’s why it’s critical that gas and oil development not happen in our watershed and that through the Clean Water Act the Obama administration restore protections that safeguard Thompson Creek, Crystal River and all the tributaries feeding the Roaring Fork River from unlimited pollution.

For 30 years, the Clean Water Act protected the nation’s waters, from unnamed streams to the mighty Colorado River. But now, because of two polluter-backed Supreme Court decisions, legal uncertainty threatens critical resources including headwaters, tributaries and wetlands with unregulated pollution.

President Obama needs to act quickly to put Clean Water protections back in place, just as they were before. Let’s make it clear that we want to protect the health of our water, our soils, our food and our families.

By restoring the Clean Water Act, the Obama administration can put us back on track to becoming a country where all farmers and ranchers can depend on clean water for their crops and livestock. And the public that eats the food that comes from our farms and ranches can rest assured that the food produced locally from our waterways is safe and healthy.

Brook LeVan

Sustainable Settings, Carbondale


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