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.