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  • Board Seeks Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument

    Aug 04, 2016 | Read More News
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    Photo courtesy of the National Park ServiceThe Board of Supervisors on August 2 approved a resolution that Richard submitted, with the concurrence of Board Chair Sharon Bronson, calling upon President Barack Obama to create a Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.

    The president has the authority to create national monuments using executive orders under provisions of the Antiquities Act of 1906. Congressman Raúl Grijalva earlier late last year submitted H.R. 3822 to create this national monument, but the Republican leadership has not given it a hearing.

    The integrity of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park, upon which Tucson and much of Arizona, Nevada and Southern California relies for drinking water, depends on the viability and health of the watershed that feeds it.

    Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.Grijalva’s proposal, the basis upon which President Obama is asked to act, would protect in perpetuity 1.7 million acres of public land that surrounds the National Park and encompasses key elements of the mighty river’s watershed.

    These lands and water courses are under threat of active and proposed uranium mines, plans for destructive and water-intensive tourist attractions, and logging efforts. Unchecked, these threats would have severe negative impacts on the Colorado River and the National Park.

    The designation of this area as Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument has the support of the several tribal nations and communities of the Colorado River Basin. Other supporters include civic organizations, elected officials, business owners and many Pima County residents,