Looking every bit as comfortable in hiking gear as he might be in courtroom attire, attorney Ted Zukoski of the conservation group Earthjustice led a group of environmentalists deep into the Gunnison National Forest east of Paonia on a sunny late-June day.
Tania Galloni, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice: We are starting to see the effects of when you gut budgets and get rid of expertise in these institutions. Lo and behold, it makes these districts not function the way they are supposed to. Our waters statewide are in peril, and the water management districts are supposed to be the stewards of these resources but, there's no question, they're breaking down.
Seth Johnson, Attorney, Earthjustice: "Every state in the country did what they were supposed to do. Now, it's time for EPA to do what it's supposed to do, and that is to issue designations under the statute and start the implementation process. ... EPA's independent science advisers unanimously said that the 2008 standard was too weak to satisfy the statutory requirements."
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