Mercury is a toxic heavy metal, and it is too often found in dangerous amounts in our fish. Eating too much fish from contaminated local sources puts everyone, especially children and pregnant women, at risk. Our summary of the health risks associated with mercury and the number of state and nation-wide advisories for lakes and rivers helped to motivate Colorado power plants to slash their mercury emissions by 90 percent over the next decade, and has helped to put us on track to start retiring coal plants in the Denver-metro region.
More successful cities
By outlining what a high-quality transit system could do for a community, we educated Coloradans about the benefits of FasTracks, a plan to create a regional transit system in the Denver area.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of Coloradans about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that one out of 11 Coloradans live in counties that have alredy experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.
New limits on carbon pollution
In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the 300,000 adults and 98,000 children in Colorado who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
Keeping toxic mines away from the Grand Canyon
As the Department of the Interior debated whether to allow uranium mining on the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, we released research showing that every uranium mining site in the West has required some degree of toxic cleanup. Interior Secretary Salazar decided to ban new mining claims for 20 years – the maximum allowed by law.