The Colorado Department of Law is committed to preserving and protecting one of Colorado’s greatest assets: our natural resources. Colorado appreciates that we must protect our land, air, and water as well as pave the way for a clean energy future for ourselves—and for our children.
The Department of Law ensures that recreational users and developers alike follow environmental regulations that protect our public lands. Talented attorneys and staff in the Natural Resources & Environment Section (NRE) work with client agencies to ensure the responsible use and development of Colorado’s natural resources.
Defending every Coloradan’s right to clean air means protecting effective regulations. The Attorney General supports and defends laws that ensures a clean energy future. Attorneys in the NRE section also collaborate with agencies like the Air Quality Control Commission and the Air Pollution Control Division on various rulemakings to protect our air quality, including Colorado’s national model rules governing methane emissions.
Colorado is home to 158 named rivers, over 5,500 natural streams and tributaries, and countless lakes and ponds. In Colorado, the agricultural economy, tourism industry, and our quality of life rely greatly on water. Through collaborative leadership, we will work with and through other agencies—such as the Colorado Water Conservation Board—to protect Colorado’s water, keep our commitments to our neighboring states, and avoid future “buy and dry” scenarios that destroy the lifeblood of entire agricultural communities.