How Colorado used clean water this summer

Erin Douglas

The Environment America Research & Policy Center released its second annual Summer Fun Index Tuesday. The report aims to provide a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule went into effect Aug. 28. The Clean Water Rule will help to ensure that water is safe for swimming and fishing, according to the report.


There were 28 states surveyed. Here are the results for how Coloradans use water during the summer.

State & national parks* with waterways: 44
Visitors to state & national parks* with waterways: 16,158,103
Summer camps offering water activities: 88
Licensed fishers: 662,601
Registered boats: 83,683

*For this report, “national parks” include various types of national park units.

Collegian Reporter Erin Douglas can be reached at or on Twitter @erinmdouglas23.