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Protected? Think again.

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The Grand Canyon is one of our nation's crown jewel national parks, but it's not protected as much as you might think. From uranium contamination to noise pollution, threats surround the Grand Canyon in every direction.

CPE - GCNP (Uranium)

CPE - GCNP (Uranium)
Blake McCord

Uranium Mining

Water is life in the Grand Canyon, but uranium mines located on public land mere miles from the North and South Rims threaten to permanently pollute the Grand Canyon landscape and the greater Colorado River. The Park Service warns hikers not to drink out of several creeks along the Tonto Trail because of contamination from a uranium mine that closed in 1969. Learn more about uranium's lasting effects in the canyon ›

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