Weigh in on Army Corps section 404 permit for Vigneto

The US Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on whether to grant the developer of the Villages at Vigneto a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit. The developer El Dorado Benson L.L.C plans to build 29,400 new homes in Benson, Arizona.  See the Public Notice that provides the project purpose, description, mitigation and conditions for the permit from the Army Corps.

Are you concerned about the prospect of groundwater pumping for all these Vigneto homes in Benson near the San Pedro River?  Make your voice be heard!  Send your comments to the Army Corps on the Section 404 permit for Villages at Vigneto by the Nov. 4 deadline.  Comments can be submitted via email to Kathleen.A.Tucker@usace.army.mil.

The following link briefly summarizes the issue:


Your comments should stress the need for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a public hearing given the size, scope and impacts of this proposed residential development.

Please share this call to action with your friends and other concerned residents.

BLM Announces Temporary Closure of San Pedro House and Surrounding Area

The Bureau of Land Management has notified us that pruning of the two large cottonwood trees near San Pedro House will begin Monday, October 16, and will require that San Pedro House and the surrounding area be closed to the public for up to three weeks.

Saturday River Walks scheduled for October 21 and 28 have been cancelled. The Bird Walks scheduled for October 28 and November 1 have also been canceled.

Please consider visiting some of the other recreation areas in the SPRNCA during this period, such as Millville, Fairbank, and Murray Springs.

History walks scheduled October 21 at Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate and October 28 at Grand Central Mill will not be affected by this closure. We hope to see you there!