US Representative Tipton was stumping in northwest Colorado this week

From the Craig Daily Press (Erin Fenner):

“We’ve got an out-of-control regulatory environment,” Tipton said.

It’s important for Western states to speak up because leaders in the east don’t fully comprehend the issues of water rights or what and endangered species listing can do to public and private land use, he said.

“Gov. (John) Hickenlooper is fighting for the state’s rights on this,” he said. “This is not a partisan issue.”[…]

Many residents were concerned about water usage and rights.

“The headwaters of the Yampa need to be storing water right now,” Moffat County resident Dean Gent said.

Other people shared their concern that the Environmental Protection Agency or other regulatory agencies would prevent them from storing water.

Water in Colorado is private property and should be treated by the federal government as such, Tipton said.

“This is a private property right that we got to be able to protect,” he said.

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