Members of the Congressional Western Caucus, including U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, the chair, and Reps. Andy Biggs and Trent Franks, all Arizona Republicans, are calling on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to rescind the declarations of the monuments including the Sonoran Desert National Monument and Ironwood Forest National Monument - right outside of Tucson. Time to speak out. Here is the e-mail I just sent to Rep. Gosar and the link to where you can send your own e-mail.
Dear Congressman Gosar,
I've lived in Tucson for over 23 years. I love our desert home. I'm raising my boys here. It's important to me that my sons and their children be able to continue enjoying our beautiful desert. Did you know that there is enough rainwater every year to provide every Tucsonan's water needs - without relying on the already depleted Colorado River water? Groups like Watershed Management Group (https://watershedmg.org) are teaching Arizonans how to incorporate rainwater harvesting and to conserve the water we already have. My husband and I work everyday to get our rivers flowing again so we have a more sustainable water source.
In order to maintain a sustainable water source we need to protect our National Monuments including the Sonoran Desert National Monument and the Gila River.
It's time to transition out of coal, not build more dirty coal powered plants. We just can't spare the water! It requires water to extract coal from the ground and water to run the plant. The toxic tailings also seep into our springs poisoning our water source. First and foremost we must protect our water! Without water, there is no life in the desert.
Coal jobs are temporary. Just check out all the abandoned coal towns along Arizona highways and the gaping holes left behind when the mining companies were done savaging our beautiful desert.
Please, protect our cherished National Monuments and help us build a sustainable water source for our children.
Tucson, AZ. 85712
504 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2315