Join us in asking Pumped Hydro Storage, LLC, to cancel the application for a permit to build the Big Canyon pumped hydro storage project above the Little Colorado River. The Little Colorado River and its confluence with the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon have been of deep cultural significance to Native peoples since time immemorial. This proposed dam project is harmful to Native communities because of the billions of gallons of local groundwater it would require and its threats to cultural areas.
In early 2020, Pumped Hydro Storage LLC submitted an application for a preliminary permit to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build a pumped hydro storage dam on a tributary to the Little Colorado River (LCR) on Navajo Nation land. If approved, the project would be used to generate electricity for distant, off-reservation cities with no benefit for Native communities.