June 3, 2010
Sonoran Desert, Arizona, 2010

This came in my e-mail last week. It made me incredibly sad, and very angry.

This is a part of my home landscape. I grew up in Tucson, and have been up and down many washes like these once were. I remember the feel of the sand, and the laughter in scout treasure hunts and scaventer hunts in them. I remember after a rainstorm — sometimes a few miles away, sometimes much farther — watching the water rushing by, and sometimes watching it carving away its banks.

Washes and arroyos like these are an important part of the southwest desert landscape and ecosystem. For them to be treated like this is simply unconscionable.

Here is what I received:

AZ Sonoran Desert, outside Tucson, AZ

Hey everyone out there!

We, in Arizona, know you're boycotting us -- but you really should come out here and see our Beautiful Sonoran Desert.

It's just gorgeous right now!  We know you'd love it and maybe you can share what you saw with the rest of the country so they can love it too!

This is on an 'illegal super-highway' from Mexico to the USA (Tucson) used by human smugglers.

This area is located in a wash, approximately 1.5 miles long, just south of Tucson, Arizona. If a flood came, all this would be washed to the river and then onto the sea!

It is estimated over 5,000 discarded backpacks are in this wash.  Countless water containers, food wrappers, clothing, feces, including thousands of soiled baby diapers. And as you can see in this picture, fresh footprints leading right into it.

As we kept walking down the wash, we thought for sure it was going to end, but around every corner was more and more trash!

And of course the trail leading out of the wash in our city, heads directly NORTH to Tucson, then leads to your town tomorrow.

They've already come through here. Isn't Arizona just beautiful, America?

Why would you boycott us???

Our desert has basically been turned into a landfill.

The trash left behind by people illegally crossing our border is another Environmental Disaster to hit the USA.

If these actions had been done in one of our Northwest Forests or Seashore National Park areas, there would be an uprising of the American people.....but this is the Arizona-Mexican border.

You won't see these pictures on CNN, ABC, NBC or the Arizona Republic newspaper.  Nor will they mention the disease that comes from the uncovered human waste left in our desert.

However, with respect to CNN, ABC & NBC, they do offer us "Special Reports" on cheating celebrity spouses....

There are many reasons why this is bad, but there is only one bottom line: THIS MUST BE STOPPED!!