• Mark L. Johnson

TA Tidbits # 26 I-11, Land & Water

Updated: Aug 31


Tortolita Preserve (8/28/21)-Four Pots Of Gold



Interstate 11 (I-11) Update


Thanks to all the Tortolita Alliance (TA) members that wrote letters, emails, etc. opposing the I-11 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) West Option. This was very impactful. Many government jurisdictions, elected officials and environmental groups also submitted similar comments as highlighted below:


  • Senator Vince Leach wrote to TA indicating his support for TA's position and offered to meet with us in the future.

  • City of Tucson re-affirmed their 2019 position opposing the West Option with a new Resolution (8/10/21).

  • Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution (8/16/21) opposing the West Option.

  • Town of Sahuarita submitted a Letter (8/13/21) opposing the West Option.

  • Coalition For Sonoran Desert Protection (CSDP) wrote a detailed Comment Letter (8/16/21) opposing the West Option.

We will monitor the Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration response to the overwhelming I-11 FEIS concerns.


Thanks to Carolyn Campbell and the the CSDP for taking the lead on this for the region!


Gold Canyon Residents Thwart Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) Land Sale


ASLD recently withdrew plans to sell for development 11,700 acres in unincorporated Pinal County near Gold Canyon, AZ due to pressure from over 1,500 residents. Another great example of the power of the people. It is clear that Arizona residents are getting tired of rampant growth when there are bonafide issues with natural resource impacts, water availability, traffic and more. Click on the ribbon below to read the article.


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Colorado River Runoff Season 26% Of 30-Year Average


Although we've had some marvelous monsoonal rains here, the Colorado River Basin remains in serious trouble. See graphic from CAP below. Plus, the first ever Colorado River Tier 1 Shortage Cut was announced for 2022.