McCain’s form letter response speaks for itself. I think the message between the lines is: “I don’t want to discuss SB 2109!”

 “. . . protecting the chief economic drivers in the area.”

Senator John McCain clearly has “deep concerns for Arizona’s water resources” –as  his office’s form letter reply indicates.  I get the sense that McCain — and the folks who contend with his official email service–don’t want to discuss SB 2109 at all.  Hmm, maybe we should all shut up and let him and Senator Jon Kyl (no reply yet) do as they damn well please.  Nawwww, where would be the fun in that? Eh? (sarcasm).

Below is a direct copy and paste of the contents of a form letter reply I received today from Senator John McCain in reply to my emailed request to Stop SB 2109.  Note there is NO mention nor reference to SB 2109, no reference to the Little Colorado River, no reference to Navajo and Hopi water rights issues. This is a form letter that politely ignores an important issue by focusing on water supply in general.

I’m very curious if anyone else has received this same letter or different versions of it in response to their emails regarding SB 2109.

And about those economic drivers–please do tell us more, Senator McCain. We wouldn’t want to mis-connect those dots.  Do those include coal mines? Golf course developers? Snowbirds from the chilly northern parts of the states? Or ???  Inquiring minds do so want to know the details.

Any suggestions on how to reply to this reply? I’m open to all ideas.

 

April 19, 2012

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concern for the future of Arizona’s water resources. I appreciate knowing your views on this serious matter.

For several consecutive years, the State of Arizona and much of the western United States has experienced abnormally dry weather. Several years of below-average precipitation and snowfall has decreased the water levels in our lakes, rivers and streams. Lingering drought conditions have made Arizona’s ability to maximize water capacity difficult. Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the nation’s two largest man-made reservoirs, are at 57% and 65% capacity.

As you know, Arizona’s water is a precious resource in Arizona’s arid desert climate, the lack of which could widely affect economic prosperity and environment. I believe Arizona can overcome the challenges of long-term drought with proper statewide planning, water conservation, and science-based collaboration. I support the efforts of state leaders to develop and implement a state-wide drought management plan that promotes water conservation in both rural and urban communities.

Arizona’s state groundwater code, the Groundwater Management Act of 1980, has been heralded as innovative and proactive law to address serious overdrafting of underground aquifers. However, according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), groundwater continues to be mined within at least three designated Active Management Areas while water demands continue to increase. The state water code is a framework that will need to be expanded by state legislators to provide the tools necessary to the state and local agencies to effectively manage available water supplies over the long term.

In many watersheds and rural areas in Arizona, water conservation measures will not be sufficient to bring demand in balance with available supply. I have learned firsthand of the extent of groundwater overdrafts in the Sierra Vista subwatershed where the Upper San Pedro Partnership is spearheading the effort on collaborative, science-based water management to protect the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and serve Ft. Huachuca and the neighboring communities. This program has brought into clear focus the need for change in state and local water and building codes to significantly reduce water demands and groundwater overdrafts to prevent the last free-flowing river in the Southwest from running dry, as well as protecting the chief economic drivers in the area. There is a great deal more work to be done over time to meet these water goals but it is an approach that should be considered for other watersheds throughout the state.

Please be assured of my deep concern for Arizona’s water resources. Do not hesitate to contact me again on this or any other issue.

Sincerely, John McCain United States Senator

JM/ds

 

If you would like to contact Senator McCain here is the link to the online email form. Be sure to click “YES” at the very bottom of the page to request a response/reply as the default is set on “NO”. http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Phone and Fax numbers for McCain:

            Phoenix Office:

2201 East Camelback Road Suite 115 Phoenix, AZ 85016 Main: (602) 952-2410 Fax: (602) 952-8702

  • Prescott Office:

    122 North Cortez Street Suite 108 Prescott, AZ 86301 Main: (928) 445-0833 Fax: (928) 445-8594

  • Tucson Office:

    407 West Congress Street Suite 103 Tucson, AZ 85701 Main: (520) 670-6334 Fax: (520) 670-6637

  • Washington Office:

    241 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Main: (202) 224-2235 Fax: (202) 228-2862

 

 

Stop Senate Bill 2109 Now! Peter McDonald does the water math — sheep included!

yourstorydigital filmed and edited this video for everyone to SHARE! So please share it widely to help prevent the theft of Navajo-Hopi water rights.  I hope I’m as lucid as Peter McDonald if I ever reach 83 years of age.  Got sheep? Need water. Ain’t got sheep–still need water. Why give away what you need to live for others to waste? Who needs another coal mine? Who needs another mall? Who needs another subdivision for snowbirds? Genocide comes in many forms–taking away water that gives life is one way to kill people.  Once the water is gone then so will be the people and all other living things.  Tell Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl to take a hike down a Peabody Coal Mine shaft.

Online form to tell McCain what you think of SB 2109  http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Online form to tell Kyl what you think of SB 2109  http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm

What more do you need? Nudge, nudge–Earth Day is every day.

NOTE   POST UPDATE REGARDING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PETER MCDONALD’S GREAT SPEECH. THE FOLLOWING WAS POSTED ON YOUTUBE BY YOURSTORYDIGITAL APPROX 12 HOURS PRIOR TO THIS NOTE:

“Dear Friends,

I have been asked to remove Chairman McDonald’s speech by his family. I must respect their wishes. Please do not distribute any copies you may have made. Thank you for understanding. Susan”

PERHAPS THIS INDICATES ANOTHER REASON WHY SB 2109 NEEDS TO BE STOPPED?  AT THIS POINT IN TIME I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER. BUT NOW I’M WONDERING EVEN MORE ABOUT THE CONTEXT IN WHICH THIS WATER RIGHTS ISSUE IS OPERATING.

Another ‘update’–scroll down to Mario’s comment for another excellent video link!!! Thank you!!!!

Want some WI Energy? Contact Gov. Scott Walker to make a deal.

Consider this a public service announcement. According to the Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s website “Wisconsin is Open for Business.”  Now it’s not clear exactly whose business or what sort of business, but judging from the information in Walker’s Budget Bill there will be an opportunity to purchase Wisconsin Energy operations via Uncontested Bids. Now if you’re interested  in getting your hands on some gas and electric providers in Wisconsin you’re going to have to run fast to beat the Koch Lobbyists to this governor’s sale. 

Walker’s site proclaims–>

“Feel free to contact us at any time.” 

email: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

phone: 608-266-1212

address:  Office  of Gov. Scott Walker, 115 East Capitol, Madison, WI 53702

http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1714&locid=177

Ready to place your “bid” for energy in Wisconsin?

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