Subject: FW: SW BIODIVERSITY ALERT #158

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      \       SOUTHWEST BIODIVERSITY ALERT #158          /
       \                    11-3-98                     /
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         \ SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY  /
          \        http://www.sw-center.org          /
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1. ARRIVAL OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATION TEAM MAY SIGNAL FOUL PLAY
   IN DEATH OF SECOND GREY WOLF

2. SCIENTISTS: U.S. MUST RESTORE COLORADO RIVER FLOWS TO PROTECT
   DELTA FORESTS AND GULF OF CALIFORNIA SHRIMP POPUALTIONS

3. JOIN THE SOUTHWEST CENTER ON TWO DESERT PROTECTION HIKES
   THIS MONTH

4. LETTERS NEEDED TODAY TO DECOMMISSION DAMS, RESTORE FOSSIL
   CREEK!

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ARRIVAL OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATION TEAM MAY SIGNAL FOUL PLAY
IN DEATH OF SECOND GREY WOLF
Preliminary necropsy reports from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service Forensics Lab in Ashland, OR have resulted in an
"Investigative Team" being brought to Arizona to look into the
death of Wolf #493F, one of the endangered grey wolves to
have died since being introduced into the Gila Headwaters
earlier this year. Though the agency is tightly guarding any
further information, the arrival of the team may indicate a
suspicion of foul play.

Only four of the original 11 released wolves remain in the wild.
All are males. The Fish & Wildlife Service plans to release
a second group in 1999.
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SCIENTISTS: U.S. MUST RESTORE COLORADO RIVER FLOWS TO PROTECT
DELTA FORESTS AND GULF OF CALIFORNIA SHRIMP POPUALTIONS
In a ground breaking report prepared for the Southwest Center
and Defenders of Wildlife, and international team of scientists
have determined that water flows from the U.S. to Mexico
through the Colorado River are critical to the conservation of
the Colorado River delta's riparian forests, and the Gulf of
California's marine ecosystem.

"Importance of United States Water Flows to the Colorado
River Delta and the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico" by
Dr. Ed Glenn (University of Arizona) and Dr. Carlos Valdes-
Casillas (ITESM Campus Guaymas, Mexico) found twice as much
riparian forests in the 80 mile stretch of the Colorado River
in Mexico than along the entire 350 miles in the U.S. below
Davis Dam. They also determined that shrimp harvest levels
in the northern Gulf of California are directly related to
the amount of Colorado River water reaching the Gulf.

Unfortunately, the massively overdeveloped Colorado River
runs dry most years before reaching the Gulf due to agribusiness
and urban water diversions. The SW Center and Defenders are
pressing state and federal officials to guarantee future water
deliveries to the Gulf. The report recommends specific water
levels and flow regimes necessary to protect the delta's
riparian forests and the Gulf's shrimp populations.
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JOIN SW CENTER ON TWO DESERT PROTECTION HIKES THIS MONTH
Local papers dubbed the Sonoran Desert Protection Plan the
"best environmental news of 1998." What is this grand effort
and will it really curb urban sprawl? Join the SW Center
and the Coalition for the Sonoran Desert Protection Plan on
a trek through Cienega Creek at 8am, Sunday, November 8 to
one of the cornerstones of the Sonoran Desert Protection
Plan.

On Sunday, November 22, at 8am, we will be visiting another
cornerstone of the plan, Arthur Pack Park. To attend, call
or email David Hogan at 520-623-5252 x307, dhogan@sw-center.org
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LETTERS NEEDED TODAY TO DECOMMISSION DAMS, RESTORE
FOSSIL CREEK!
For nearly a century, the waters of Fossil Creek have
been choked off by dams constructed by Arizona Public
Service Company (APS).  The flows feed the Childs and
Irving electric power plants.  The first dam diverts
nearly the entire flow of the creek, leaving only the
first quarter mile of Fossil Creek functioning naturally. 
The rest, a 14-mile stretch, lies barren while the water
is transported in an ugly scar of a metal flume from
plant to plant, never returning to the thirsty streambed.

Now, the license APS needs to operate the Fossil Creek
power plants is due for renewal, giving APS the perfect
opportunity to forfeit a tiny bit of revenue-producing
power to restore a rare ecosystem. Unfortunately, APS
has instead applied to continue operating the plants for
another 30 years.

Call, write and fax APS today! Tell them to decommission the
power plants and restore the river instead of continuing
this atrocity:

  Bill Post, President, Arizona Public Service Company
  P.O. Box 53999, Phoenix, AZ  85072-3999
  Phone (602) 250-2588, Fax (602) 250-3002

  Richard Snell, Chairman, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
  P.O. Box 52132, Phoenix, AZ  85072-2132
  Phone (602) 379-2600, Fax (602) 379-2625


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Kierán Suckling                               ksuckling@sw-center.org
Executive Director                            520.623.5252 phone
Southwest Center for Biological Diversity     520.623.9797 fax
http://www.sw-center.org                      pob 710, tucson, az 85702-710