The 2010 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill that was signed into law on Oct. 30 by Obama has reached the Western Slope, and has brought the Glenwood Springs Wastewater Treatment Facility project, and many more around the state, to a screeching halt.

This project would have to be put on hold, indefinitely, awaiting further clarification from the Environmental Protection Agency.

City Manager Jeff Heckselwas blindsided by the development.

Projects must include the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirement. That is where the problem arises for Glenwood and others across the state.

The city did not include the Davis-Bacon requirement in the wastewater contract because it was not required when the contract went out to bid on Oct. 23.

As a result of that we were told last week that we had to comply with Davis-Bacon Act, Hecksel said.“The original bid documents did not require that because that was not in place when we bid out the project.”

Glenwood is not the only Colorado municipality being affected by the new law, either. According to Brod, 23 projects statewide ...

Calls to 3rd Congressional District Rep. John Salazar's Office, seeking comment, were not returned .

Congressman Salazar is a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, which oversaw the formation of the bill.