• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Court to decide whether border wall -- described as 30 feet tall & floodlit -- goes in at Organ Pipe

How the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the Trump administration's bid to build a towering wall across the southern border of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona could wash out the Milky Way for visitors, block wildlife movements, and turn the borderline into something of an industrial construction zone, according to the local Sierra Club representative.

"The entire southern boundary of Organ Pipe would be walled off by what has been described as a 30-foot wall with all-night floodlighting," Dan Mills, of the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter Borderlands Program, said by phone Tuesday evening. "The contractor is already there on the ground, doing surveys and planning work. They’re talking about drilling new wells to do onsite concrete mixing for the foundation and for filling the steel posts. So it would be an enormous change."

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