In a new poll, Native Americans say a major problem they face is “institutional discrimination.” In Indian Country they call it environmental racism. During World War II and the Cold War, mining companies blasted 30 million tons of uranium out of Navajo land, abandoning more than 500 mines. Since then, many Navajo have died of conditions linked to contamination.
The Flagstaff City Council passed a resolution against the transportation of uranium ore through the city and neighboring communities this week.
Iconic Glen Canyon activist Katie Lee died Wednesday morning. She was 98. Lee grew up in Tucson and moved to Hollywood to become an actress. But in the 1950s, when she took a rafting trip down the Colorado River, she abandoned her acting career for a life of exploring, singing about and fighting fiercely for Glen Canyon and the Colorado River.
The National Park Service has proposed charging steep entrance fees at 17 of its parks during peak seasons. The money would go toward an $11.3 billion backlog of maintenance projects.
Part of Arizona’s congressional delegation is demanding that the U.S. federal government step in to intervene on a cross-border sewage spill that’s been leaching from Mexico into southeastern Arizona.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and a valve inside an old Colorado mine to prevent another wastewater spill. Two years ago the agency accidentally triggered a blowout that contaminated rivers in three states.
Two years ago the town of Sanders, Arizona, learned their drinking water was toxic. The school district installed a water filtration system this summer, but many people are sick with conditions linked to uranium contamination. And no one has cleaned it up.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends shrinking the size of six national monuments, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada, according to a leaked memo from the secretary to President Donald Trump.
For the second time this summer, the Trump administration has lifted environmental restrictions so it can replace an existing border fence in California.
The Hualapai Tribe has agreed to end a decades-long conflict over Colorado River water rights in exchange for a $134 million pipeline that will supply water to the tribe’s Grand Canyon tourist attractions.