Speak up for birds this 2018 Arizona Legislative Session!
The 2018 Legislative Session is well under way and we are keeping an eye on any bill proposals that could impact birds or their habitats. Check back here for regular updates, background information on certain bills and sign up for Conservation Action Alerts to get alerts on when fast action is needed!
The best way for citizens to voice opinions on these and other bills in this legislative session is to either 1) show up in person to relevant days in Phoenix (if you are interested in doing this please contact Nicole), OR 2) Call your own legislators or the sponsoring legislators, OR 3) sign up to ‘Request to Speak’ ONLINE. The online request to speak is the easiest option to submit comments on one or multiple bills. It does require setting up and account online and then verifying that account in person either in Phoenix or in Tucson downtown. If this is burdensome to you PLEASE contact Nicole as we can arrange for someone else to verify your account. Please visit https://apps.azleg.gov/ to start your account!
Does ‘Request to Speak’ confuse you? Would you be interested in a ‘Request to Speak’ workshop in the future- maybe next week? Let me know! I am happy to help people access this very important public participation tool. I know we can’t all drive up to Phoenix every time an issue comes up, so this is often our best option!
- Find your legislative district here: https://azredistricting.org/districtlocator/
- Then identify your legislators here: https://www.azleg.gov/memberroster/
- Follow new and ongoing bills: https://www.azleg.gov/bills/
- Create a ‘Request to Speak Account here and check on bill status: https://apps.azleg.gov/
Bills to follow and Support
- SB1475: Sponsored by Dalessandro. Keywords: ecological water; program; fund
Bills to follow and Fight
- HB2210: Sponsored by Barton. Keywords: public lands; ownership; control; litigation
- SB1507: Sponsored by Griffin. Keywords: Omnibus; pumping; ADWR
- SB1493: Sponsored by Griffin. Keywords: Clean Water; 404; program, primacy
- SB1494: Sponsored by Griffin. Keywords: Underground Injection; program; primacy
Santa Cruz River Flood Control 2018
A Pima County Flood Control project to remove 90,000 cubic yards of sediment begins the week of 4/30/18. The project should take between 4 – 6 weeks and aims to reduce flood risk to properties along the river. The first stretch of the project will work between Grant and Speedway. Tucson Audubon has been involved with discussions with Flood Control over protecting areas of native vegetation, avoiding nesting birds, and relocation species as needed. See the documents below for more information.
SunZia Transmission Project
Tucson Audubon is extremely concerned about the proposed open pit copper mine called Rosemont Mint in the Santa Rita Mountains. The proposed mine would have a massive impact on the environment and surrounding communities from de-watering the aquifer, not only for the local area but for Tucson as well, to endangering the critical habitat for species.
Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742
Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624