Sierra Club, Arizonas Grand Canyon Chapter
The Sierra Club is one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter was formed in 1966 in order to focus attention on stopping dams in Grand Canyon. Our work to protect the Colorado River and Grand Canyon National Park continue today and have been joined by a number of programs to safeguard other areas and issues.
The Grand Canyon Chapter seeks to engage its members and the public in protecting our communities; public lands including national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges; rivers and streams; and wildlife; plus promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in order to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change; and support transit, bike and pedestrian friendly communities to reduce air pollution and energy use.
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May 20, 2013, Phoenix, AZ – Western Watersheds Project and the Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter of the Sierra Club
filed a lawsuit in federal court today, to challenge livestock grazing on the Sonoran Desert National
Monument west of Phoenix. The plaintiffs seek to overturn the deeply flawed plan that allows
livestock grazing to continue on 157,210 acres administered by the Bureau of Land Management
Click here to read more. (218 KB pdf)
Please take action! The Arizona Department of Transportation recently released a Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the proposed South Mountain Freeway, a 22–24 mile, eight-lane highway that would cut through South Mountain,
exacerbate air quality problems, and cut off wildlife movement corridors. Please speak up against this plan! You can provide
oral comments at a hearing on May 21 or submit written comments online or via mail.
Click here to read more. (257 KB pdf)
May 2, 2013, The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club released the Going With the Flow report, summarizing the
results of over five years of volunteer flow monitoring on the upper Verde River by the Arizona Water Sentinels,
a grassroots citizen science program that focuses on monitoring and protecting Arizona rivers and streams.
Click here to read more. (66 KB pdf)
Judge Upholds Uranium Mining Ban on 1 Million Acres Near Grand Canyon,
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK—U.S. District Judge David Campbell today denied a uranium industry motion to overturn the
Obama administration’s ban on new uranium mining on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.
The ban was adopted January 2012 to protect the Grand Canyon’s watersheds.
The withdrawal prohibits new mining claims and development on old claims that lack “valid existing rights” to mine.
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Going Native: Savoring the Southwest.
Join us for this exciting conference on April 20th to learn more about our place in the southwest, including local foods and actions.
Gary Paul Nabhan will provide the keynote address, followed by insightful workshops and presentations.
Lunch and materials provided with registration.
Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Groups Challenge Uranium Mine Threatening Grand Canyon,
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK— The Havasupai tribe and three conservation groups today sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow Energy Fuels Resources, Inc. to begin operating a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park without initiating or completing formal tribal consultations and without updating an outdated 1986 federal environmental review.
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New Video Shows Arizona Wilderness Areas Destroyed by Border Patrol Vehicles, TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups today released a video depicting off-road vehicle damage caused by Border Patrol operations in designated wilderness
areas of Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The three-minute film published by Sierra Club, titled Too Many Tracks,
shows ruts, tracks and new roads slicing through once-pristine wilderness areas where motorized vehicle travel is prohibited by law. Read Full News Release (187 KB PDF)
Environmental Day at the Arizona Capitol a Huge Success More than120 Environmental Advocates Meet with Legislators from 25 Districts,
Phoenix, AZ – On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the Arizona State Capitol, more than 120 people from throughout Arizona, including from 25 different legislative districts,
met with their state legislators to encourage support of environmental protection and conservation programs.
This year’s focus was on the economic benefits of environmental protection, “Protecting Arizona’s Environment – It’s worth it!”
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On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the Arizona State Capitol,
more than 100 people from 25 different legislative districts will meet with their state legislators throughout the day to encourage support of environmental protection
and conservation programs. This year’s focus is on the economic benefits of environmental protection – “Protecting Arizona’s Environment – It’s worth it!”
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Grand Canyon Uranium-mining Threats Still Loom A Year After Historic Mining Restrictions, Phoenix, Ariz.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - One year after the Obama administration enacted new protections limiting uranium-mine
development on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, pollution and legal threats from the uranium industry remain. Five
uranium-industry lawsuits - one seeking upwards of $120 million from the United States - as well as plans to reopen two 1980s-era
mines still threaten the public and traditional tribal land and water within and around Grand Canyon National Park.
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