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The interaction between man and nature has always been a delicate balancing act. One prime example is the impact of tamarisk plants (salt cedar) along the Colorado River corridor. This invasive, non-native plant was originally introduced to the region as an ornamental and was later meant to create windbreaks and stabilize riverbanks. That might have been an inspired idea at the time, but the reality is that the tamarisk hoards light, water and nutrients. Along the Colorado River, the tamarisk has spread to such an extent that it has effectively altered the natural functions and processes of the ecosystem—and this negatively affects our water supply.


The time is now to comment on an alternative "Better than BART" plan for NGS, developed by a Technical Work Group (TWG) comprised of Central Arizona Project (CAP), the Gila River Indian Community, the Navajo Nation, Salt River Project, the Environmental Defense Fund, the U.S. Department of the Interior and Western Resource Advocates. The proposal name refers to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) rule for Page’s Navajo Generating Station (NGS) to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the coal-fired power plant.


More than 37,000 Tucson-area school children qualify for assistance under federal poverty guidelines. With parents working one or more jobs to try to make ends meet, parental support for field trips and special materials for enrichment projects is extremely limited. That’s where Central Arizona Project’s support of projects like Tucson’s Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) makes a huge difference, ensuring that Tucson Unified School District students, regardless of their economic status, have opportunities for memorable and authentic high quality learning.

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