I read in “EPA seeks greater pollution control over smaller waterways”, that the EPA has little jurisdiction over many of the smaller rivers and streams in Colorado, leaving them susceptible to pollution by private enterprises. So environmentalists along with many people from the recreation industry took to the streets to gather support from Colorado voters. They gathered over 20,000 voices calling for stricter regulations. However, the opposition believes that if the EPA were to enforce stricter guidelines it would put an unnecessary strain on the economy. If businesses aren’t allowed to pollute where they want, jobs could theoretically be lost—this is a short term concern, but the consequences of polluting our waterways are long term and potentially irreversible. Companies must find safer ways to dispose of hazardous materials. We cannot continue to ignore the root of the problem. We must support the EPA’s efforts to protect America’s waterways.