Facing Community Opposition, Crystal Geyser Roxane Drops Leach Field Proposal

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Facing Community Opposition, Crystal Geyser Roxane Drops Leach Field Proposal

While there has been no public announcement, Water for Citizens of Weed, California (WCWC) has learned that Crystal Geyser Roxane has withdrawn its proposal for the development of a controversial waste water leach field in Weed. 
Last November CG Roxane applied to the Weed Planning Commission for tree cutting permits and easements to start development of the leach field. This occurred after it was discovered that the company’s settlement ponds were overflowing and sending waste water directly into Black Butte Creek, a Boles Creek tributary. CG Roxane was then forced to start sending its waste water into the City of Weed’s waste water treatment...

McCloud Water Bottling Contract Terminated.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
McCloud Water Bottling Contract Terminated.

More Bottlers on the Horizon?  June 22, 2020, marked the end of the extended six year contract between McCloud Artesian Spring Water Co (Artesians) and the McCloud Community Services District (MCSD) for the purchase and sale of McCloud’s precious spring water.  The promises of bottlers have once again failed in McCloud. 
It was in September 2009 when Nestle Waters North America walked out of McCloud after 6 long years.  Challenges of an inadequate EIR went as far as the California Attorney General’s Office and continued citizen objections led Nestle to switch gears, abandon their project and head out of town.  
On June 22nd, 2020, the MCSD...

Yes, that is W.A.T.E.R. Board Member Raven Stevens in the Green Shirt on the left.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Yes, that is W.A.T.E.R. Board Member Raven Stevens in the Green Shirt on the left.

For several years W.A.T.E.R has been participating in the NGO Groundwater Collaborative. The NGO Groundwater Collaborative helps non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Tribes, and California residents share information and resources to help each other participate in the state’s groundwater management programs. See HERE to read an interview on involving community groups in groundwater decision making.

OPINION: Unlimited water in Big Springs?

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Submitted by We Advocate For Thorough Environmental Review 
We are truly concerned about what is happening with the Big Springs residents losing access to water for their domestic use. Reviewing local water history is important. The Gateway Neighborhood residents (near the Crystal Geyser plant in Mount Shasta) experienced the same water shortage issues during CocaCola/Dannon water bottling days and were rebuffed by the county. The board of supervisors told the affected households to speak to the company, who then of course said it couldn’t possibly be from their pumping... even though they pumped more in one day than three of our neighbors pumped...

W.A.T.E.R. takes "plastic free" petition to local retailers

Friday, September 4, 2020
W.A.T.E.R. takes plastic free petition to local retailers

As we hear in headlines almost daily, plastic pollution is a world-wide, catastrophic and growing problem for our oceans, other ecosystems, as well as all of humanity and wildlife.
Many in our community as well as all over the world are concerned about this growing problem and would like to do what we can to stop it. Although many of us recycle what we can, we recognize that our current plastic recycling infrastructure falls far short of effectively addressing the pollution issue. Because of the ongoing subsidies to the petroleum industry, virgin plastic is so cheap there likely will never be effective recycling options. Many of us have chosen...

Still Waiting on a Court Date...

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Our appeal of the County's approval of the Crystal Geyser EIR to the Appellate Court in Sacramento is still waiting for a hearing date. With Covid-19 and the backlog of cases we are not sure when that will happen. While we wait for our hearing date, we have been busy protecting the community and being as proactive as these Covid-19 times will allow.

Water for Citizens of Weed, CA (WCWC) objects to Crystal Geyser leach field waste disposal plan.

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Water for Citizens of Weed, CA (WCWC) objects to Crystal Geyser leach field waste disposal plan.

WCWC has submitted a comment letter to the Northern California Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQC) objecting to Crystal Geyser Roxane's (CGR) plans to discharge waste water into an on-site leach field. The letter says in part:
  "In 2018, an adjoining neighbor in Weed discovered that CGR had, without permission or authorization, been dumping its wastewater into a holding tank that consistently overflowed, sending wastewater off its property and into Black Butte Creek, a Boles Creek (Shasta/Klamath watershed) tributary. CGR had to immediately cease this practice and start sending its wastewater into the City of Weed’s sewer system for...

W.A.T.E.R. joins groups around State to press for better water protection

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
W.A.T.E.R. joins groups around State to press for better water protection

W.A.T.E.R. joined with a dozen other environmental groups in drafting a letter to the Department of Water Resources to press for better ground water protection in our area.  W.A.T.E.R. participates in a statewide NGO Groundwater Collaborative group that meets monthly to track implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and to work on water issues throughout the State. Though currently our mountain communities are not subject to SGMA, the issues regulated by SGMA are relevant to our region, and participants in the NGO Groundwater Collaborative are some of the most well informed water protectors in the state.
After SGMA...

W.A.T.E.R. and Winnemem Wintu Tribe Guest Opinion Article in Mount Shasta Herald

Friday, July 17, 2020
W.A.T.E.R. and Winnemem Wintu Tribe Guest Opinion Article in Mount Shasta Herald

We all know that advertisements by giant corporations are not always reliable sources of truth.  A case in point is the full-page ad by Crystal Geyser Roxane (CGR, a French/Japanese multinational corporation with a plant in Weed) in the June 3, 2020, Mt. Shasta Herald.  In big bright red colored print, CGR informs us that it is "Committed to the Environment" and "Committed to You".  We might contrast those self-serving pronouncements with their actual recent behaviors:
•1•  An internal CGR document was accidentally sent to the newspaper of Lewis County, WA, where CGR wants to set up a water bottling plant in spite of major citizen and County...

W.A.T.E.R. submits comments on Federal Plastic Pollution Act

Friday, June 19, 2020
W.A.T.E.R. submits comments on Federal Plastic Pollution Act

W.A.T.E.R. has submitted comments in response to the “Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act,” co-written by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, and California Representative Alan Lowenthal.  As the global plastic pollution crisis grows exponentially worse, development of a national effort to curb plastic pollution is essential.  Read our letter HERE for insights into what is good and what is missing in this legislation.
Help End Plastic Pollution!
On land in the sea and air, plastic pollution has become a global scourge.  Plastic waste is choking the oceans causing harm to marine wildlife and entering the food chain; water and dust have been...

The (Water) Fix Is In

Monday, May 11, 2020
The (Water) Fix Is In

the fix is in, idiom — used to say that the outcome of something, such as a game or contest, is being controlled or affected in a dishonest way  —  Merriam-Webster
On March 2, members of WATER traveled to Redding to attend a scoping meeting for a Notice of Preparation (NOP) concerning the Delta Conveyance Project  and commented on the proposed tunnel which would divert water from the Sacramento River, upstream of the Delta, and deliver it to the California Aqueduct pumping facilities.  While we shelter in place from Covid-19, planning for this project and others including the Shasta Dam Raise is afoot in preparation for another giant water heist.

Board Member Raven Stevens was interviewed on EcoJustice Radio

Monday, May 4, 2020
Board Member Raven Stevens was interviewed on EcoJustice Radio

Plastic Plague Series: PART 5 (of 7) THE BOTTLE SCAM - we connect the dots between the Water Bottle Scam and the fight for Land, Water, and Indigenous Rights.
Our guests include Stiv Wilson, Co-director of @peakplastic and Creator and Producer of the film, The Story of Plastic [] and Raven Stevens, Board Member of W.A.T.E.R. (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review) [].
The chain of environmental and social impacts is an embedded cost of bottled water, a resource that is supposed to give us life, but now arguably the process to extract, make, ship, store and dispose of seems to take from it.

‘Weed 9’ Water Activists Push Back at Sacramento Law Firm

Thursday, April 30, 2020
‘Weed 9’ Water Activists Push Back at Sacramento Law Firm

‘Weed 9’ Water Activists Present Legal Claim Against Sacramento Law Firm for Filing Malicious Lawsuit Aimed at Silencing Free Speech 

The Weed, California, community members claim Churchwell White LLP knowingly filed a meritless and illegal SLAPP suit against them on behalf of Roseburg Forest Products.

April 29, 2020 (Eugene, OR) — The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), a nonprofit organization based in Eugene, Oregon, has filed a lawsuit in the Siskiyou County Superior Court of California, alleging that the Sacramento law firm Churchwell White LLP and two of its attorneys engaged in malicious and unlawful conduct when they...

50th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
50th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020

Let this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day be a renewal of commitments to protect this planet for the healthy habitation of all life, including humanity.  Many of us still remember the hope and excitement of the environmental movement in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  The next several years saw the passage of multiple federal laws to protect the environment:  Clean Air Act (originally passed in 1963, it was greatly expanded in 1970), Clean Water Act (1972), Endangered Species Act (1973), Toxic Substances Control Act (1976), Marine Mammal Protection Act (1972), National Environmental Policy Act (1970) and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency...

W.A.T.E.R. is working for the community and environment in changing times.

Friday, April 17, 2020
W.A.T.E.R. is working for the community and environment in changing times.

We hope this communication finds you and your friends and loved ones healthy.  Although there have been few confirmed cases of Covid 19 in Siskiyou County, being on the I-5 corridor between major epidemic centers (e.g. LA, Bay Area, Portland and Seattle) requires that we all remain vigilant.  Although Covid 19 has many of us sheltering at home, W.A.T.E.R. is still actively doing our part to ensure that once the virus runs its course, we still have a secure healthy planet to support humanity.
It is as important as ever for the public to remain informed about what is happening in this country. While the population is sheltering in place to try...

W.A.T.E.R. Submits Comment Letter for Delta Conveyance Project NOP

Friday, April 17, 2020

W.A.T.E.R. submitted a letter to the California State Department of Water Resources (DWR) commenting on the Delta Conveyance Project, the Delta Tunnel project formerly known as the Water Fix.  The letter identifies the many areas that may potentially be impacted by the construction and operation of the tunnel.  These areas of concern would need thorough analysis to ensure a sound decision is made for this project.  As part of Stage II of the State Water Project (SWP), the operation of this tunnel would divert even greater amounts of the Sacramento River's flow toward Southern California affecting water quality in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River...

Help Reduce Plastic Pollution!

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Help Reduce Plastic Pollution!

W.A.T.E.R. is working to address the global plastic crisis.  We’ve prepared a locally focused petition asking Siskiyou County retailers to make available and sell a wider variety of items that are neither made of plastic nor packaged in plastic.  The petition suggests various types of eco- friendly, non-plastic-containing products on the market that could be made available in our local stores, and also asks that retailers remove plastic-bottled beverages from their shelves.
Once completed, we will be taking this petition directly to store managers and owners and request these changes.  You can view the petition report HERE.
We hope you...

A Lesson In Corporate "Ethics"

Friday, January 10, 2020
A Lesson In Corporate Ethics

Los Angeles (CBSLA) - The company that produces Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water pleaded guiltyThursday morning to federal charges of illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste created by filtering arsenic out of water at its Olancha facility.
CG Roxane, LLC pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste and one count of unlawful transportation of hazardous material.  In a plea agreement, CG Roxane agreed to pay a criminal fine of $5 million.
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On To Sacramento! W.A.T.E.R. to Appeal Ruling in Crystal Geyser EIR

Thursday, November 21, 2019
On To Sacramento! W.A.T.E.R. to Appeal Ruling in Crystal Geyser EIR

W.A.T.E.R. is challenging the unjust, environmentally dangerous and legally unsound ruling by Siskiyou County Superior Court upholding the County’s approval of the Crystal Geyser EIR. W.A.T.E.R. and our co-petitioners, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, are taking our appeal of this ruling to the Appellate court in Sacramento!  Thus we are asking for your help on Giving Tuesday.
We believe the ruling did not address the numerous California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues raised in our brief and, where it did address an issue, it failed to hold the County to the appropriate standards set by law.
Our challenge to the Crystal Geyser EIR focuses...

Comment Period Extended for Freeze Mini Storage and Car Wash Project

Sunday, August 18, 2019
Comment Period Extended for Freeze Mini Storage and Car Wash Project

A revised IS/MND for the Freeze Mini Storage and Car Wash Project is being recirculated for public review  This project was first proposed in 2017, and the original IS/MND released at that time has been substantially revised.   Previous comments will not be included and must be resubmitted. 
This eyesore of a project will be located to the east of North Mt. Shasta Blvd just before it merges with the freeway, at the North entrance to Mount Shasta and across from the City Park and the Big Springs. You can read WATER's comments on the Project HERE.
The IS/MND (Page 3.0-27) describes “infiltration trenches” and “vegetated swales” to impound...

Crystal Geyser Roxane's Corporate Tactics Exposed

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Crystal Geyser Roxane's Corporate Tactics Exposed

Plans for a mega bottling plant in SW Washington State likely dead.
Crystal Geyser Roxane’s plans and manipulations around its proposal to build a huge 100,000 square foot water bottling plant on land purchased near Randle, Washington, were recently exposed when Crystal Geyser Roxane's Chief Operating Officer, Page Beykpour, accidentally sent the local paper an email meant for the Crystal Geyser Roxane President.  In spite of threats of unwarranted litigation, the Daily Chronicle published the letter and subsequent article (Chronicle, July 11). Crystal Geyser Roxane’s plans to build this plant in Randle drew immediate opposition from community...

EDITORIAL: With Email Slip, Crystal Geyser Shows its True Face

Thursday, June 20, 2019

If Crystal Geyser's plans to plant its next bottling facility in Randle weren't "dead" last Thursday when company Chief Operating Officer Page Beykpour mistakenly sent an email meant for his boss to The Chronicle, they probably are now, and from what we can see, it's for the best.  We don't say that because we're against jobs or growth in our communities, or because we're "in bed with the opposition," as Beykpour wrote.  We say that because Crystal Geyser clearly does not have Lewis County's best interests at heart, and the company spelled that out in clear language in an unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) misdirected...

Presentations on Siskiyou County environmental issues given to Redding Democrats.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Presentations on Siskiyou County environmental issues given to Redding Democrats.

On July 17 representatives from W.A.T.E.R. and Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center gave talks at the "3rd Monday Forum" sponsored by the Democratic Central Committee of Shasta County. Andy Fusso from MSBEC talked about the lawsuit and issues surrounding the geothermal energy project proposed for the Medicine Lake Highlands and the Siskiyou Forward PAC (slides from his presentation HERE). Roslyn McCoy, Geneva Oman and Dan Axelrod from W.A.T.E.R. reported on the issues and politics of the water and environmental issues facing us in Siskiyou County. Summaries of Geneva and Dan's substantive talks are linked to their names. Check them out for some...

Challenge to Crystal Geyser EIR goes to Court.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

W.A.T.E.R. and the Winnemen Wintu Tribe’s lawsuit against the Crystal Geyser environmental impact report had its first day in court on May 10.  Our lawyer Marsha Burch faced off against County attorney William Abbot and Crystal Geyser lawyer Barbara Brenner. Judge Karen Dixon heard explanations of our case arguments and rebuttals from the other side. Issues of the inadequacies of the EIR project description, AB 52 consideration of Tribal Cultural Resources, air quality and Health Risk Assessments, green house gas emissions, noise impacts, and the hydrology effects of large scale water pumping were all presented by Ms. Burch followed by rebuttals...

W.A.T.E.R. surrounds Crystal Geyser with pollution monitors.

Sunday, May 5, 2019
W.A.T.E.R. surrounds Crystal Geyser with pollution monitors.

W.A.T.E.R. has recently installed a set of air pollution monitors at various locations in the vicinity of the Crystal Geyser at north side of Mt. Shasta City. These devices use a new generation of laser particle counters that provide an accurate way to measure smoke, dust, diesel exhaust and other particulate air pollution. These monitors report continuous measurements of air particles between 0.3μm and 10μm diameter.
The need for this monitoring is clear. The EIR sponsored by the County for the plant officially was instigated by the claimed need for a "caretaker's residence" located on CG property near its heavy diesel truck loading dock. Even...

W.A.T.E.R. and Winnemem Wintu Representives Interviewed on JPR

Thursday, April 18, 2019
W.A.T.E.R. and Winnemem Wintu 
Representives Interviewed on JPR

Geoffrey Riley:  A water bottling plant on the edge of the city of Mt. Shasta awaits a few more approvals before it can be sending out truckloads of bottled water.  Crystal Geyser announced the plans several years ago and as of yesterday still said on its website that it hoped to open the plant in 2018.  That didn’t happen, but the company continues to collect the permits and approvals it will need to open including the granting of an industrial waste discharge permit from the city of Mt. Shasta that drew protest from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and the group We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review or WATER.  Let’s catch up on the opposition to Crystal...

W.A.T.E.R. & Winnemem Wintu Tribe Challenge Mt. Shasta City's Crystal Geyser Sewer Permit in Opening Brief

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

W.A.T.E.R. (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review) and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe (Tribe) continued the legal challenge to the proposed Crystal Geyser (CG) Water Bottling Plant Project (Project) at the base of Mount Shasta and filed an Opening Brief in Superior Court on March 29, 2019 challenging the City of Mount Shasta’s (City) approval of an Industrial Waste Discharge Permit (IWDP) for the proposed CG plant. This action broadens the community’s effort to protect the drinking water supply of local residents and the City of Mount Shasta and prevent harm to cultural resources important and sacred to the Tribe.
CG's water extraction business...

Winnemem Wintu Tribe and W.A.T.E.R. Challenge Crystal Geyser EIR in Opening Brief

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mt. Shasta, CA-- In Northern California, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and the grassroots organization W.A.T.E.R. (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review) filed an Opening Brief in Superior Court on February 22, continuing a six year community challenge to the flawed EIR for Crystal Geyer Water Company’s bottling plant project at the base of Mount Shasta.
The Crystal Geyser bottling facility project ("Project") Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was approved by Siskiyou County on December 12, 2017 without any upper limit on the amount of water CG may pump out of the ground and with a faulty and inadequate environmental review of water supply, water...

W.A.T.E.R. opposes Shasta Dam raising

Monday, January 14, 2019
W.A.T.E.R. opposes Shasta Dam raising

W.A.T..E.R has submitted comments on the EIR Notice of Preparation for the raising of Shasta dam. We feel this project is harmful to both the environment and to the people of California. This project will further drown many sacred sites of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe after much of their tribal land was submerged by the original dam. This project will primarily profit a small handful of wealthy agribusiness owners in Southern California who grow almonds and other thirsty crops.  Each almond requires a gallon of water, aggravating water scarcity issues in California caused by global warming.. Our comment states:
"There are many more cost effective...