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 to Host Resource Management Plan Meeting on May 19th

The BLM will host a public meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on May 19th at their Sierra Vista office, 4070 S Avenida Saracino, Hereford AZ.  The public is invited to hear and comment on the four alternatives that have been identified for consideration in the updated San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) Resource Management Plan (RMP) that is under development.  For more information, contact the BLM Public Affairs Specialist, Adam Milnor, at (520) 258-7223.

The Friends of the San Pedro River urge you to attend to voice your support for continued preservation of our precious riparian area with its rich wildlife habitat and unique cultural resources.