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Taxpayers urged to 'check' their forms

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is urging taxpayers in the state to help save endangered or threatened animals by contributing part of their 2001 state income tax returns to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund.

The bald eagles, for example, were once nearly extinct in the state but their numbers are strong again, thanks in part to the financial support from the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, according to the DOW.

Coloradans can donate directly to the fund by checking off a line item on their 2001 state income tax forms.

Colorado was the first state to institute a tax check-off program.

Coors' Clear Creek cleanup planned

GOLDEN Coors Brewing Co. will design, build, manage and help evaluate a new pilot constructed wetland for at least two years, in accordance to a settlement reached last week between the company and the Colorado Division of Wildlife from a beer spill into Clear Creek.

The spill occurred Aug. 24, 2000, when high-gravity beer was accidentally released from the brewery to the Coors wastewater treatment facility and subsequently into Clear Creek, removing oxygen from the stream and killing thousands of fish. DOW aquatic biologists determined the spill had a short-term impact.

The wetland will be located at the point where treated wastewater is released from the Golden brewery into Clear Creek. Coors has also agreed to provide thousands of fish for stocking in Denver-area waters to improve urban fishing opportunities. The DOW and Coors will decide on the number and species of fish next year.

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