Group wants fort to release documents on groundwater pumping

Robin Silver

By Howard Fischer | Pinal Central

PHOENIX — An environmental group is going to court to force Fort Huachuca to release documents it says shows the base is hiding reports showing how its groundwater pumping is damaging the San Pedro River.

Robin Silver, co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity, said it took legal action to get federal agencies to let loose of reports that pumping attributable to the fort was harming the levels of the river as early as 2003. He said they also showed how ongoing pumping already had contributed to a deficit in water to keep the river free flowing.

But he said requests for public records going back 10 months have failed to provide all the documents which show the ongoing effects of the fort’s activities on the river as well as endangered species that occupy the area. And that failure to respond promptly, he said, violates the federal Freedom of Information Act.

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