I am a resident of Flagstaff and attend Northern Arizona University. I am one of tens of thousands of people who enjoy taking part in recreation in Grand Canyon each year, and because of that, a clean water source is extremely important to me. Springs and streams are already suffering from contamination all throughout the Canyon, such as Horn Creek, filled with uranium due to runoff from Orphan Mine.
For this reason, I would like to emphasize the importance of the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act. This act was introduced to protect the area surrounding Grand Canyon, as well as its watershed, from practices that could damage, degrade, and contaminate the land and its water.
Water contamination is also detrimental for the wildlife that live in Grand Canyon. Signs that caution hikers from drinking water from certain sources do not apply to the animals of the Canyon.
Groundwater contaminated with uranium is not easily cleaned, in fact it has not yet been successfully done. Yet, this groundwater feeds streams, sometimes serving as the only water source for both animals and people in Grand Canyon. Groundwater is also contaminated where fracking occurs. The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act would protect against fracking and mining alike.
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With over 500 abandoned uranium mines throughout the Navajo Nation, the health and livelihoods of the people living on these lands is threatened. We must focus on removing every trace of these mines before continuing with any more.