Description: Action seeking judicial declaration that Colorado River ecosystem is a "person" possessing rights.
Colorado River Ecosystem v. State of Colorado
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/25/2017 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Filed Against State of Colorado Seeking Declaration That Colorado River Ecosystem Is “Person” Possessing Rights to Flourish. A social and environmental justice organization and five of its members filed a lawsuit as “next friends” for and guardians of the Colorado River Ecosystem against the State of Colorado. The complaint sought declaratory relief, including declarations that the Colorado River Ecosystem is a “person” capable of possessing rights and possesses “rights to exist, flourish, regenerate, be restored, and naturally evolve.” The complaint also asked for a declaration that certain activities carried out or permitted by the State of Colorado may violate those rights and that the plaintiffs could proceed to seek injunctive relief. The complaint, filed in the federal district court for the District of Colorado, alleged that climate change was among the threats faced by the river.