Join Save the Confluence in saying NO to the proposed Big Canyon pumped hydro storage project on a tributary to the Little Colorado River (LCR).
The proposed dam project would use groundwater in a drought-stricken area of the Navajo Nation and threaten cultural areas along and near the Little Colorado River and its Confluence with the Grand Canyon. This project would benefit the developer, Pumped Hydro Storage LLC, and distant cities, not local Native community members.
The proposed location for the dam is near many important cultural sites for the local Indigenous tribes that surround the Grand Canyon including the Diné (Navajo), Hopi, Zuni, Havasupai, and Hualapai. Cultural sites within the lower Little Colorado River gorge include the Confluence of the Colorado River and the Lower Colorado River and the Salt Trail Canyon.
For local Indigenous communities and tribes, this hydroelectric dam project is both inappropriate and unwanted.
“Water is life” is a sentiment familiar to many tribes, who fight to protect water resources, because water is needed for all life.
This project is detrimental to the water resources that these tribes are fighting to protect.
Water scarcity in the Southwestern region of the United States is further plagued by the ongoing megadrought, so it should be treated with respect.
Please sign the petition asking the developer, tribes and regulatory authorities to cancel this project.