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Petitioning Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and 2 others

Sec. Tom Vilsack, Sec. Ken Salazar,Corbin Newman: Stop the use of sewage effluent for snowmaking on the San Francisco Peaks


The San Francisco Peaks are a special area near Flagstaff, AZ. The peaks are located on land that the National Forest Service manages. The unique habitat includes special plants such as the federally threatened San Francisco Peaks Groundsel which is protected by Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. These mountain peaks are also held sacred by 13 Indigenous Nations in the surrounding region. A privately owned ski resort located there wants to use 100% treated sewage effluent to make artificial snow for the resort (Use of 100% treated sewage efflluent has never been attempted before.).

The use of the sewage effluent on the Peaks will cause environmental damage for plants and animals and may even effect human health. Treated sewage effluent (reclaimed wastewater) has been scientifically proven to contain: endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, personal care product chemicals, viable but non-culturable bacteria and using viral metagenomics researchers found that some 60% of the DNA viral sequences in treated sewage effluent was from unknown viruses. What this means is that we do not fully understand the impacts or know what else is in treated sewage effluent. This leaves the treated sewage effluent option as environmentally unsound in addition to having potential negative impacts on the health of skiers, snowboarders and residents of the surrounding area.

We are starting this petitions to protect the San Francisco Groundsel and the natural environment of the San Francisco Peaks from preventable corporate-made ecological disaster.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Tom Vilsack
  • Secretary of the Interior
    Ken Salazar
  • Southwest Regional Forester
    Corbin Newman

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