Environmental Committee

Our Environmental Committee tackles different policy items in the greater Arizona area related to ecology, biodiversity, and environmental justice.

Active Projects

Big Canyon Dam –

Our group is working to raise awareness of the consequences of this proposed dam and convince the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the permit for this project. Add your voice here.

This proposed dam would industrialize (and submerge?) land sacred to the Navajo, Hopi, and other native peoples, block essential seeps and springs from Big Canyon from feeding the adjacent Little Colorado River, threaten precarious habitats of the endangered humpback chub, and flood approximately 660 acres of of land within Big Canyon. In addition, it is unjust to have a limited, 60-day comment period in the midst of a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted Native peoples such as the Navajo nation, who’s very land is in question.

Oak Flat Mine –

In collaboration with Apache Stronghold, The Sierra Club, and The Access Fund, we oppose the exploitation of sacred land by RCM, the devastation of Indigenous rights, and the destruction of Arizona’s natural beauty. In addition to our vocal opposition as citizens, we aim to provide technical testimony regarding the devastating effects the proposed mine.

Past Projects

Rosemont Mine –

Our organization worked to opposed the Rosemont Mine by providing science town halls to provide the local citizens of Tucson. Hosting Q&A sessions, we informed community leaders and elected representatives of the impacts of the proposed mine on the environment and their communities.

Dust Related Illness in Arizona –

In an open letter and policy memo to the Arizona Congressional Delegation, we discusses the growing concerns of dust storms within US southwestern deserts and, in particular, Arizona. Since the 1990s, the frequency of southwestern desert dust storms has dramatically increased, partially fueling a rise in respiratory health diseases such as valley fever. We propose two complementary policy solutions for near- and long-term benefit: (1) an assessment of potential vaccine pathways and appropriate federal research and development support and (2) an improved early warning system to alert residents to the health impacts of dust storms. Full article published here.