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Colorado River is plaintiff, sort of, in a lawsuit to give it same rights as people

Author: Marianne Goodland - September 26, 2017 - Updated: September 27, 2017

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The Colorado River ought to have its own legal status that would put it on the same footing as people or corporations, according to an environmental group that filed a lawsuit in Denver federal court Monday. The lawsuit is the first of its kind in the United States, its proponents say.

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Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.