Kykotsmovi, Ariz. - Black Mesa Trust has been accepted as a member of Water Keeper Alliance, a prestigious and powerful international environmental organization founded and directed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
“We’re delighted to be affiliated with Black Mesa Trust and to help them preserve the water of the Hopi and Navajo people,” said Murray Fisher, Field Coordinator of Water Keeper Alliance. “Their dedication to protecting water resources is in line with our focus, but it also broadens the scope of our work. This is the first organization dedicated to groundwater preservation in our group, and only the second where we will be working with Native Americans,” he said.
Black Mesa Trust is a grassroots organization founded in 2001 to save the N-aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for the Hopi and Western Navajo Reservations.
Peabody Energy is pumping water from the aquifer at the rate of 4,400 acre feet a year to slurry coal from its Black Mesa Mine to the Mohave Generating Station near Laughlin, Nevada.
“Being named a Keeper by the Alliance is going to help us tremendously,” said Vernon Masayesva, Director of Black Mesa Trust.