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Environmental Groups Sue to Halt 28,000-Home Development in Arizona

The environmental review for a master-planned community outside of Benson is the subject of a lawsuit by a coalition of environmental groups.
February 9, 2019, 9am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The San Pedro River where it cuts through Saint David, Arizona.
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"Environmental groups are challenging the federal government’s decision to grant a permit for a new development that would bring 28,000 homes and four golf courses to the Arizona desert near Benson," reports Ian James.

The Lower San Pedro Watershed Alliance, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, the Tucson and Maricopa Audubon Society, and the Cascabel Conservation Association are challenging the environmental review performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the development, called the Villages at Vigneto.

"The conservation groups say groundwater pumping by the planned development threatens the San Pedro River and the wildlife that depends on it, and that the Corps violated federal law by refusing to analyze the effects of drawing down the water table," according to James.

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Published on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Arizona Republic
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