FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Native American tribes in northern Arizona overwhelmingly oppose proposals to dam the Little Colorado River for hydropower.
Phoenix-based Pumped Hydro Storage company is seeking preliminary permits from the federal government to study the sites east of Grand Canyon National Park.
Company manager Steve Irwin has touted the potential economic benefits, including paved roads, tourism and jobs.
The Navajo Nation owns the land and the projects won’t move forward without the tribe’s OK.
The tribe wrote in comments posted online Monday that the projects could negatively impact the tribe’s land, water, wildlife and cultural resources.
The Navajo community closest to the proposed projects already has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny the permits.
The Hopi, Hualapai and Havasupai tribes say they’re also concerned about the possible impacts.