"There is no scenario under which having species in danger of extinction is better than having fully recovered healthy populations," Walcher said in an email. "There will always be plenty of reasons to oppose further Front Range water diversions, and to ensure Colorado's water entitlement is not threatened by downstream states, federal regulations, or transmountain diversions. But water issues should be decided based on Colorado and interstate water law, not the distraction of federal species regulation."
"There's no way you can escape the conclusion that there's some agenda at work here other than the Endangered Species Act or other than the environment. It's all about power and money and control," Mr. Walcher said. "There's a reason they haven't reintroduced grizzly bears in California, and of course there's a lot of cynical Westerners like me who say if they want to reintroduce wolves, let's put them in Boulder where they want them. But that isn't where they go."