Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Urge Senators: Sponsor Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

The Colorado River - not just for rafting
The Colorado River. the primary river of the Southwest, flows through the Grand Canyon.  The Colorado River provides water to over 30 million people and to nearly two million acres of farmland in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming, collectively known as the seven Colorado River "Basin States." We must safeguard the Grand Canyon and this vital waterways permanently. 

On Tuesday, June 4th, Sierra Club joined U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee; leaders from Indigenous nations; local elected officials; veterans; and conservation groups in supporting H.R.1373 - Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act.

The bill is sponsored by Congressman Grijalva and now co-sponsored by more than 100 other members of Congress, including Representatives O’Halleran, Gallego, Kirkpatrick, and Stanton from Arizona. The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, will make the 20-year mining moratorium established in 2012 permanent. All told, the legislation would protect approximately one million acres of public lands north and south of the Grand Canyon from toxic mining.

See more in this short video. If you haven't already, please use the button below to send a message to Arizona Senators asking for their sponsorship of this bill.

Ask Your Senators to Protect Grand Canyon

The news conference in Washington, DC was followed by a hearing on June 5th where Carletta Tilousi, Councilwoman with the Havasupai Tribe; Coral Evans, Mayor of Flagstaff; and Amber Reimondo with Grand Canyon Trust, testified in support of the bill. Representatives Grijalva, O’Halleran, and Gallego from Arizona were also there to speak in support of the bill.

Let's put an end to uranium mining near the Grand Canyon once and for all. Please spread the word and ask our senators to sponsor the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act!

- Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter

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