Hey guys, the deadline is quickly approaching to send comments to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about Big Canyon in Western Navajo Nation.

FERC accepted in June a permit application from Pumped Hydro Storage LLC.  Steve Irwin, manager of Pumped Hydro Storage LLC, plans to dam up Big Canyon by drilling wells on the floor of the canyon for water near the Little Colorado River.

Comments about the proposal end Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.

These are ways to send comments to FERC:

You can also sign a petition at, www.grandcanyontrust.org/blog/dam-developers-pump-ancient-Little-Colorado-River-waters-profit# 

Or, right here:

Sign the petition. We’ll send your comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

I oppose the proposal to build new dams that would threaten the Grand Canyon. Please deny Pumped Hydro Storage LLC’s application for a preliminary permit to dam Big Canyon (FERC Project No. 15024-000).

You can mail your comments to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20426. Be sure to include docket number P- 15024-000.

The FERC online comment also is available at https://ferconline.ferc.gov/FERCOnline.aspx. You must register to use this service.

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Pumped Hydro Storage LLC from Phoenix proposes to locate a pump storage hydropower near Little Colorado named Big Canyon Pumped Storage Project. The proposed project is shown on this map in relation to Navajo East Rim.

The commission accepted in June a permit application from Pumped Hydro Storage LLC.  Steve Irwin, manager of Pumped Hydro Storage LLC, plans to dam up Big Canyon, drill wells on the floor of the canyon for water near the Little Colorado River.

Irwin proposes to build three large reservoirs on the rim of the canyon in Bodaway, where Big Canyon is located. Local families herd sheep and run cattle in the area.

Irwin’s project also could further threaten both the eco-system, the traditional Navajo lifestyle and tribal religious sites in the area.

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