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Grand Canyon

© Jessica Pope
Protect the Grand Canyon watershed from new uranium mining!

Some members of Congress are petitioning President Trump, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allow new uranium mining on the edge of the Grand Canyon National Park, as well as mining near other sensitive wild areas like Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness. This act would endanger the Grand Canyon’s water supply and the health and livelihood of the Havasupai Tribe that lives there.

Tell your Representatives to protect the Grand Canyon watershed for future generations.

Highlighted Value

Wildlife and Habitat

The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder and one of America’s most spectacular landscapes.

Stretching across hundreds of thousands of acres of the “Arizona Strip,” this area is one of the wildest and most ecologically significant regions in the West.

The Threat

Mining

Despite America’s love for the Grand Canyon and the incredible resources found within it, there has been a call to open the area to uranium mining, rolling back a 20-year moratorium on new mining leases put in place by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2012. This is not the first time this region has been threatened with mining, with a handful of Congressmen pursuing legislation in recent years that would strip current protections. Uranium mining in this sensitive and stunningly beautiful area would destroy crucial wildlife habitat, devastate the tourism-based economy and put drinking water for the 25 million people who depend on the Colorado River at risk.

“Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American, if he can travel at all, should see.”
Teddy Roosevelt
After his first visit to the Grand Canyon, 1903