Stop the desecration on the San Francisco Peaks
  • Petitioned Indian Affairs - Department of the Interior

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Indian Affairs - Department of the Interior
United States Secretary of the Interior
Ken Salazar

Stop the desecration on the San Francisco Peaks

    1. Petition by

      Elizabeth Bug

      Flagstaff, AZ

Right now Arizona Snowbowl is expanding development on the San Francisco Peaks by clearcutting 74 acres of rare alpine habitat, with an estimate of approx. 30,000 trees, that is home to threatened species, making new runs and lifts, more parking lots and building a 14.8 mile buried pipeline to transport up to 180 million gallons (per season) of wastewater to make artificial snow on 205 acres.

Snowbowl would be pumping 1.5 million gallons per day, that’s approximately 300,000 flushes from your toilet, storing and spraying this wastewater on a mountain that is held holy by more than 13 Native American tribes.

In 2005, the Southwestern Regional Forester permitted the development after a Coconino Forest Supervisor allowed the plan to go forward despite widespread Tribal and public opposition.
Lawsuits addressing religious freedom and environmental issues were previously filed by Tribes and environmental groups but failed to stop the plan.

The Peaks are a Holy mountain that has significant spiritual and cultural values; it is the home of deities, the origin of human beings—the place of creation and emergence, a place where special offerings are made, and rare medicinal herbs are gathered.

For more than 30 years Indigenous Peoples, Environmentalists, & concerned citizens have struggled to Protect the Peaks!

Snowbowl VIOLATES Human Rights!
Snowbowl DESTROYS the Environment!
Snowbowl Would Put Human Health at RISK!
Snowbowl is UNSUSTAINABLE!

Snowbowl Desecrating the Peaks

Although Environmental organizations and area Indigenous Nations have fought in and out of courts for decades to stop ecological destruction and desecration of the San Francisco Peaks, the US Forest Service and other government agencies have permitted their expansion plans.
Snowbowl wants to be the first in the world to use 100% reclaimed sewage water. No other ski resort on the entire planet has ever proposed such a plan.

SNOWBOWL’S EXPANSION PLANS INCLUDE:
• Clear cutting more than 30,000 trees, including old growth, in a rare alpine habitat.
• New Runs, Lifts, Parking lots in an area that is also home to threatened species.
• Digging and blasting trenches for a 14.8 mile pipeline
• 180,000,000 gallons of treated sewage effluent for snowmaking on 205 acres.
• 10,000,000 gallon treated sewage storage pond.

STOP SNOWBOWL’S GREED!

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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    • danielle nelson ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I want a sustainable planet for our children and our future

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    • Francina Begay PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      STOP polluting our sacred lands! RESPECT and HONOR our traditions.

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    • david teunissen STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
      • about 2 years ago

      we belong to the earth

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    • Allison Kennedy MIDLAND, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Very Heroic to everyone to save land that is free and beautiful for all tha good thats left to enjoy in this foresaken wrong worldly evil world

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    • frankie rivera SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is our country's Holy Land like Israel is to the Jews why would you want to take a shit on our Sacred Site and call it water this protection for our Sacred Lands is not just for us pitiful two leggeds it is for all our relations the Holy Beings will be highly upset if we desecrate this sacred mountain to our people.

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