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Conservation Advocacy

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!

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

SunZia Transmission Project

The SunZia Southwest Transmission project proposes two new parallel 500 kV transmission lines across 515 miles from Lincoln County, New Mexico, to Pinal County, Arizona.

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Ban Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids (“neonics”) are nicotine-like insecticides that are contributing to the very alarming global decline of bees and other wildlife.

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Southline Powerline

Southline Transmission, LLC, proposes to construct, operate, and maintain a high-voltage power line in two segments totaling approximately 360 miles – spanning federal, state and private lands, including the Willcox Playa Globally Important Bird Area.

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Patagonia Mountains Mining

Both the ecology and economy of the Patagonia area are threatened by a number of large-scale mineral mining proposals from foreign-owned companies.

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Villages at Vigneto

Extensive efforts by Tucson Audubon and our partners resulted in the Army Corps of Engineers suspending the proposed Villages at Vigneto’s inadequate, outdated 2006 Clean Water Act 404 Permit in July 2016.

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447