Wednesday, March 15, 2006

San Pedro River at-risk from Kyl's border walls

Update, Mar 17: Good info. says Kyl will soon pull part of his border wall plans away from the river. DRP


SAN PEDRO RIVER AZ -- Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) wants to build a wall across the last free-flowing living river in the southwest. This wonderful river, flowing north from Sonora, Mexico into Cochise County AZ, is home to over 400 bird species, and a scenic critical wildlife movement corridor.

The San Pedro is an endangered landscape, a desert river. Arizona has already lost over 90% of our desert river riparian areas.

An amendment Kyl attached to the Senate immigration bill late last week demands construction of a border wall from Naco AZ then 25 miles westward, across the San Pedro River. This amendment must be stopped.

This wall would not work, people will just go around it and it would be washed out in floods, but it would really damage the river ecology.

Kyl is out-of-touch with real solutions and has been in the DC bubble too long. Time to replace him in Nov.

Senate candidate Jim Pederson should be all over Kyl on this one. Birding in AZ and the San Pedro River annually brings in over $1 billion in tourism spending.

We cannot let the failed border politics from Washington DC destroy the San Pedro. The gov't cannot enforce and militarize its way to a better border situation, but that is what is being handed down by Kyl and other bonehead politicians.

Meanwhile people and Arizona's border environment keep dying.


LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said...

So what do you propose as an alternative?

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget, that if the San Pedro River dies, then Fort Huachuca also dies.

Its ironic that Fort Huachuca is adopting water management goals that are green, while Sierra Vista and the County are killing the river and dropping the aquifer one large development at a time.

The San Pedro River is more important to the area than 'planned communities' that destroy both the fort and local toursim.

be said...

the san pedro is a beautiful river that i've spent much time visiting. the border hysteria is a trajegy whose momentum is founded on lies, misguided fear, and an alienation that focuses on the color of people's skin. it is a sorrowful day that the river gets drawn into such an ugly and contentious example of human bigotry. let the river live!

Anonymous said...

No walls. Only a hate-America Republican would try to build a wall across a river...

But the funny thing is, the leader of the Republicans wants to let all of the Mexican people come in. And let's face it, the guy who calls himself "LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder" is probably to fat and lazy to pick fruit for a living...