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A&E.A What ecological issues are important in your community?

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Mon, 27 Oct 1997 12:08:12 -0500 (EST)

The question "What ecological issues are important in your community? "
is posed in the "Conversations About Teaching Contemporary Ecological Art"
section of the ArtsEdNet website.
I live in Tucson, Arizona. One ecological issue that is being discussed
in our community is the source of our drinking water. Currently, Tucson
receives its drinking water from underground wells. Over the past 20 years,
the water table level for the Tucson basin area has dropped significantly.
This has caused some concern. There are several people in our community who
wish for us to become part of the C.A.P. water system. This system involves
channeling water from the Colorado River. Phoenix, for example, has already
incorporated this system. Tucson citizens will put in their vote on the
issue Nov. 4th. The arguments and propaganda abound on our T.V.'s,
newspapers and mailboxes. There is no doubt that the issue of the water
source for Tucson is of great importance to the Tucson community.
Another issue that continually arises is about the expanding
neighborhoods in the Sabino Canyon area. Sabino Canyon has long been a
"desert-looking" area. Recently, though, massive amounts of apartment
building complexes have been built throughout the area, and more are on the
way. Many environmentalists have argued for a stop to this expansion, siting
destruction of the environment for the desert animals of the Tucson desert.
I know that houses are needed to absorb the expanding Tucson population. I
also live in the Sabino Canyon area. I can honestly tell you that over the
last 10 years there has been a decrease in the amount of wild animals I see.
10 years ago, javelinas and coyotes could be seen on a daily basis near my
home. I haven't seen a javelina around my home for about 5 years, coyotes
maybe once a month. Is this a reflection on the removal of an environment
for them to live? Personally, I'm torn on the issue. I know people need
places to live, but I sure miss feeding the javelina apples in the

Bryce Downing
The University of Arizona