Paiute Wilderness

Due to pressure from Wilderness Watch, Western Watersheds Project, and other groups, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has decided to scrap a water development project in the Paiute Wilderness in northwest Arizona. This project, whose purpose was to facilitate cattle grazing, would have added significant structures in the Paiute Wilderness and would have disrupted a natural spring and riparian area.

The Bureau of Land Management recently dropped the project, which would have pumped water uphill through a mile (5,405’) of buried pipeline to a 4,500-gallon storage tank. The proposal also included eight solar panels on metal poles, a solar pump, a 550-gallon reservoir tank, and ongoing motorized access, all so that cattle could continue to graze this desert Wilderness. 


  • Read our joint comment letter.


Photo: Bob Wick/BLM via Flickr

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