A message from SSSR President Gayle Hartmann:
It’s Not Over!
We are disappointed but not surprised that the Army Corps of Engineers has granted the Clean Water Act 404 permit for the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains.
In doing so, they rejected the recommendation from their own Los Angeles District office as well as ignoring the many serious concerns expressed by the EPA and other agencies.
As you may know, a case is working its way through Federal court in Tucson right now. The crux of the case is our contention that the Environmental Impact Statement and Coronado National Forest Service Record of Decision are based on numerous violations of federal law. We’ll keep you informed as this moves forward. If/when we win, the whole shebang goes back to the drawing board!
What you can do:
- Contact Congresswoman Kirkpatrick and thank her for her opposition to the mine: https://kirkpatrick.house.gov/
- Contact Congressman Grijalva and thank him for his work as the Chairman for the Natural Resources Committee and for his dedication to reforming the 1872 Mining Law: https://grijalva.house.gov/connect-with-raul
- Write a letter to the Arizona Daily Star (www.tucson.com/opinion) or the Green Valley News (https://www.gvnews.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/). They can be only 160 words, so keep it short and sweet. Additional information for writing letters can be found on our website here:http://www.scenicsantaritas.org/action/letter-writing/
- We are so fortunate to receive tremendous financial support from our donors and friends and will continue to be grateful to accept donations to help with our Legal Defense Fund.
As you all know:
Water Matters More!
Clean Air Matters More!
Our Cultural Heritage Matters More!
The Economies of Local Communities Matter More!
A Scenic Highway Matters More!
Jaguars, Ocelots and Black Bears Matter More!
A Beautiful Mountain Matters More!
The World We Leave To Our Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren Matters More!
Many thanks to you all for your long-term support!
Keep the faith,
Gayle Hartmann, president
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas