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Villages at Vigneto

October 2017 UPDATE: Public comments needed on the re-evaluation of Villages at Vigneto’s Clean Water 404 permit. Ask the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke permit # 2003-00826-SDM by December 4 using our Petition page.

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LATEST UPDATE: 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and our partners resulted in the Army Corps of Engineers suspending the proposed Villages at Vigneto’s inadequate, outdated 2006 Clean Water Act 404 Permit in July 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now seeking Public Comments to determine whether to revoke, modify or reinstate the Villages at Vigneto’s outdated 2006 permit.

Originally proposed in 2003 as Whetstone Ranch on 8200 acres, Villages at Vigneto would fragment 12,817 acres (almost 20 square miles) of high desert grasslands and inter-braided washes southwest of Benson, AZ, current population 5,100. El Dorado Benson LLC proposes 29,400 new homes, golf courses, artificial lakes, Italianate non-native vegetation, shopping and recreation centers, and is intended to attract up to 70,000 new residents with a Tuscany in the desert theme. This population explosion would dramatically impact the environment surrounding Benson and significantly alter the San Pedro River watershed.

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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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