Protect the Confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers!

Scottsdale developers are trying to force the construction of a resort and tramway that would disrupt the peaceful nature of Grand Canyon’s East Rim. The Confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers is bounded by Grand Canyon National Park and the Navajo Nation. Locals oppose the development, which would take away the the lands where they live, work, herd livestock, pray and heal.  If this bill passes, the tram could take 10,000 people per day into what is now a quiet place of natural beauty.

Picture of the Confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers. Credit: tedgrussing photography ©2013 ted grussing photographer

The confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers is an unspoiled place of quiet natural beauty. Credit: tedgrussing photography ©2013 ted grussing photographer

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye agrees to veto any legislation that promotes the development on sacred land, but the pushy developers are trying to convince a veto-proof Navajo Nation Council majority to support the bill.  Although the developers are selling their gimmicky plan with promises of economic prosperity, the bill would include non-compete agreements that would actually prevent those whose livelihoods are upended from opening their own businesses on thousands of acres surrounding the project – forcing them to work at the complex or find another way to support themselves.

The bill could move forward in June or July, and, at that time, we will need to flood the legislators with letters from people across the planet saying they would never visit or spend money at this development that local people do not want!

A group of locals called “Save the Confluence” is working hard to get information out to the public.  We encourage you to visit http://savetheconfluence.com/news to learn about the fight against the project. There, you can subscribe to email updates and get notified when and how to act to prevent defacement of the Confluence.  We encourage you to visit http://savetheconfluence.com/news for more information.

Please stay alert on this one!

Thank you!

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Posted on June 22, 2016, in Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Watershed, Public Lands, Uncategorized, Water and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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