The San Pedro River already runs dry during some times of the year.
Photo Credit: Mark Coryell
A massive new development has been proposed for southern Arizona that will significantly threaten water and wildlife resources. Please send a message today urging agency officials to revoke current permits for this development!
Villages at Vigneto is a mega-development proposed on more than 12,000 acres of private land near Benson, Arizona. It would include nearly 28,000 new homes, commercial developments, golf courses, parks, vineyards, orchards, and resorts, as well as an extensive road and utility network. The City of Benson currently has 5,100 residents. Can you imagine what would happen to this area with the expected addition of 70,000 new residents this development would attract?
If built, the development would have substantial effects on the area's ground and surface water, wildlife, recreation opportunities, and more. The development is to be built with Tuscany in mind. However, Tuscany receives 36 inches of rain per year, compared to the Benson area's 13 inches. A more-than 1100% increase in groundwater pumping would be required. This, combined with ongoing drought and climate change, could decimate the area.
The developer is currently seeking to move forward with this water-intensive development under a Clean Water Act permit that was issued for a previous development. The Environmental Protection Agency had previously objected to issuance of the 404 permit for Whetstone Ranch, the earlier proposed development, stating that the development could result in substantial and unacceptable impacts to aquatic resources; it can be expected that this new proposal will result in even greater threats.
Please personalize the message below with your own thoughts and experiences. Do you live or recreate in southern Arizona? Do you care about Arizona's wildlife and water? Please add your own voice!
Your message will be sent to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.