Colorado's U.S. senators and environmentalists on Tuesday cheered the Senate's passage of a major lands bill package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and in Colorado includes measures such as continued funding for endangered fish recovery in local waters.

The sweeping, bipartisan measure, which the office of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., says is the largest lands package to advance in Congress in a decade, now heads for consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives. It passed the Senate by a 92-8 vote.