Petition Closed
Petitioning Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ Jeff Oravits and 5 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ
Jeff Oravits
Mayor of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona
Jerry Nabours
Vice Mayor of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona
Coral Evans
Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ
Karla Brewster
Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ
Celia Barotz
Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ
Mark Woodson

Mayor and City Council of Flagstaff Arizona: Stop Irreversible Damage to the Habitat of the Federally Threatened SanFrancisco Peaks Groundsel

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Supporters

The federally threatened San Francisco Peaks groundsel (Packera Franciscana) is found only in the alpine zone of the San Francisco Peaks. The San Francisco Peaks Groundsel is protected by Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. The August 24, 2012 environmental study conducted by SWCA Environmental Consultants and Sonoma Technology, Inc. indicates that the habitat of the groundsel will be adversely affected by the overspray of reclaimed wastewater that the City of Flagstaff intends to sell to Arizona Snowbowl for the making of artificial snow. This extensive study provides the only snow transport modeling and analysis report on record that establishes its data as the “best available science”. This study makes evident that a substantial amount of nitrogen-enriched treated sewage effluent overspray and drift was not accounted for in the proposed snowmaking plan at Arizona Snowbowl. The omission of snow dispersion by wind is a gross oversight that imminently threatens the critical habitat and long term existence of the federally threatened San Francisco Peaks Groundsel. The Mayor and City Council of Flagstaff, Arizona have a moral and legal obligation to citizens of Flagstaff to perform their duties with integrity and to abstain from actions that violate Federal law. If the City of Flagstaff participated in a project that adversely affects a listed species or its habit, especially for commercial gain, it would be in direct violation of the Endangered Species Act and would be a failure of their moral and legal responsibilities. The Mayor and City Council of Flagstaff also have an obligation to all Americans and to all of Creation to prevent action that endangers the long term existence of the threatened San Francisco Peaks groundsel.


Letter to
Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ Jeff Oravits
Mayor of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona Jerry Nabours
Vice Mayor of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona Coral Evans
and 3 others
Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ Karla Brewster
Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ Celia Barotz
Councilmember, City of Flagstaff, AZ Mark Woodson
We urgently insist that the Mayor and City Council of Flagstaff stop irreversible damage to the critical habitat of the San Francisco Peaks Groundsel. The federally threatened San Francisco Peaks groundsel (Packera Franciscana) is found only in the alpine zone of the San Francisco Peaks. The San Francisco Peaks Groundsel is protected by Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. The August 24, 2012 environmental study conducted by SWCA Environmental Consultants and Sonoma Technology, Inc. indicates that the habitat of the groundsel will be adversely affected by the overspray of reclaimed wastewater that the City of Flagstaff intends to sell to Arizona Snowbowl for the making of artificial snow. This extensive study provides the only snow transport modeling and analysis report on record that establishes its data as the “best available science”. This study makes evident that a substantial amount of nitrogen-enriched treated sewage effluent overspray and drift was not accounted for in the proposed snowmaking plan at Arizona Snowbowl. The omission of snow dispersion by wind is a gross oversight that imminently threatens the critical habitat and long term existence of the federally threatened San Francisco Peaks Groundsel. The City of Flagstaff as the “water agent” must comply with the Endangered Species Act or any other State and/or Federal laws that provide protection for threatened species. The City as the “water agent” will be held liable for any action that results in their negligent participation in the violation of Federal law. Negligently participating in a project that may adversely affect a listed species or their habitat violates the Endangered Species Act. We urge the Mayor and City Council to establish an ordinance or take any actions that protects the Federally Threatened San Francisco Peaks Groundsel from nitrogen-enriched treated sewage effluent overspray provided by the City of Flagstaff and comply with the Endangered Species Act, Federal laws and State laws.