Home to desert tortoises, bighorn sheep and numerous rare and imperiled plants, Southern California's Joshua Tree National Park is a biological gem. The park is now threatened unfortunately by a water-pumping scheme that will draw down ancient groundwater and leave wildlife out to dry -- all to fuel urban growth.
The Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Project, now permitted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, would pump more than 9 billion gallons from the aquifer. It took thousands of years to collect and store that water, and in a single generation much of it could be lost.
The National Park Service and its parent agency Department of the Interior must protect the park from this ill-conceived project at all costs.
Demand that these agencies defend this national treasure by challenging FERC's flawed environmental review in court.
November 25, 2015 Action Alert ID# 303
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