Establish the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument
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One of the greatest things about America is that we not only have some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world but we also had the foresight to protect them. Grand Canyon National Park was created nearly 100 years ago, and it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and beloved places in the country and the world.
The area around the park is also special. The greater Grand Canyon watershed is home to a unique array of wildlife, including the endangered California Condor, hundreds of creeks and springs that provide drinking water for millions of people throughout the Southwest, and thousands of acres of ancient forests, including the region’s largest old-growth ponderosa pine forest. Native American tribes also have sacred religious and cultural spaces in the areas surrounding the Canyon.
Sadly, the Grand Canyon and areas around it are currently being threatened by dirty and dangerous uranium mining. In all, mining companies want to open 8,300 new sites, including one mine just six miles from the Canyon’s popular South Rim.
Fortunately, President Obama can act to protect this great American icon. By creating the “Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument,” the President could permanently protect 1.7 million acres surrounding the canyon from uranium mining and the dangers that come with it.
Five years ago, the Obama Administration put a temporary moratorium on the establishment of new uranium mines in the area surrounding the Grand Canyon, so we know he is aware of the problem. However, these protections are not permanent, and the President has recently experienced negative backlash from the mining industry and some politicians in Arizona.
In order to make sure President Obama permanently protects this great national treasure, we need to demonstrate broad support for the new monument from the general public. If you believe we should protect our beautiful open spaces and prevent big companies from poisoning our drinking water for profit, add your name.
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