Action alert from Center for Biological Diversity:
People come from all over the world to experience the natural splendor of the Grand Canyon. Its mile-deep gorge can be seen from space, and its rugged landscape is a testament to the grandeur of the American wilderness. Tragically, the lands surrounding the national park remain unprotected and open to exploitation -- a problem we can't ignore.
In 1919 Grand Canyon National Park was designated -- but the need to safeguard its watershed, whose springs and streams feed the Colorado River, was overlooked. That means toxic uranium mining and old-growth logging projects continue to crop up just outside the park's borders, threatening to mar the landscape and poison the Colorado River, which supplies water to millions of people downstream.
Unfortunately Congress isn't likely to support a national monument proposal in time to protect this priceless place, so we're urging President Obama to use his power under the Antiquities Act to forever protect these lands for future generations.
Act now to lend your support to the cause. Urge President Obama to designate the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.
Ian Zabarte from Native Community Action Council called out attention to a resolution passed by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) entitled "Support for Designation of Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument."