Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, by a vote of 285-140. Among the pieces of individual legislation in the bill was the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Act which will conserve water and land resources in approximately 210,000 acres of federally-owned land on the Uncompahgre Plateau in lands in Montrose, Delta, and Mesa Counties. On the passage of the Act, Congressman Salazar offered the following statement:
"This legislation is an important and historic step to better protect this land and water in Mesa, Montrose and Delta Counties," he said. "I am proud to have sponsored this bill in the House and I'm honored to continue the hard work of other legislators including that of Secretary Salazar. This bill has broad support and I am glad that we were able to pass it and preserve this remarkable piece of Colorado's heritage."