Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Department of Defense, the United States Army and Fort Huachuca
Goal: Stop groundwater pumping in San Pedro River that will threaten endangered species
Fort Huachuca’s groundwater pumping in the San Pedro River poses a serious threat to its wildlife inhabitants, including endangered species. In 2011, The U.S. District Court in Arizona ordered that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the United States Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Army and Fort Huachuca develop a plan to lessen the Fort’s impact on the the river and the endangered species. However, the court did not enforce a deadline; thus, the USFWS and DoD have yet to complete the nearly three-year-old court order.
The Fort’s groundwater pumping is draining the San Pedro River and threatening the endangered Huachuca water umbel and southwestern willow flycatcher. The river serves as a habitat to a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. It is one of the most important migratory flyways in the United States for 300 species of migrating birds, and it is home for 100 breeding bird species. It is the last remaining undammed, free-flowing river in the American Southwest.
The Fort relies solely on the groundwater they pump from the San Pedro River. As the Fort expands, it continues to increase its impact on the river. It will cause the river to dry up and destroy the wildlife’s habitat.
By signing the petition below, you are demanding the United States Department of Defense, the United States Army, and Fort Huachuca to establish a plan to stop their groundwater pumping in the San Pedro River and protect the wildlife.
Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Department of Defense, the United States Army and Fort Huachuca,
The San Pedro River is an important habitat for a wide variety of species, including the endangered Huachuca water umbel and southwestern willow flycatcher. Your groundwater pumping is threatening the river and its inhabitants with extinction. In 2011, the U.S. District Court in Arizona ordered you to prepare a Biological Opinion with mitigation measures that would reduce your impact on the critical habitat for the endangered species. You have yet to complete the court order as you continue to deplete the river at an unsustainable pace.
The San Pedro River is in serious danger if you do not take responsibility now. I strongly urge you to stop the destruction of this critical habitat and to protect all of the species that depend on it.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jim Rorabaugh/USFWS via Wikimedia Commons