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Army groundwater pumping threatens San Pedro National Riparain Conservation Area: lawsuit

TUCSON, Ariz. – A U.S. Army base nestled at the foot of a southern Arizona mountain range is threatening a sensitive desert waterway sometimes called America’s most endangered river, two environmental groups said in a federal lawsuit Friday.

Groundwater pumping at Ft. Huachuca is lowering the water table near the San Pedro River, putting at risk habitat for almost 500 species of animals, including several endangered species and millions of birds that navigate up and down the river on their annual migrations, the Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

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