The new water bottle refill station is installed and working.

Monday, November 29, 2021
The new water bottle refill station is installed and working.

The new water bottle refill station is installed and working.Dedication this Saturday!December 4, 2021 from 1-2 PM

Crystal Geyser Lawsuit Continues

Saturday, November 20, 2021
Crystal Geyser Lawsuit Continues

Crystal Geyser Lawsuit ContinuesIn 2013 W.A.T.E.R. organized to challenge the proposed Crystal Geyser Water Company (CGWC) beverage bottling plant which would have proceeded without an environmental review, even though there was considerable community concern about suspected significant environmental impacts of plant operations. The seven and one-half years of persistent community work paid off. In May of 2021, CGWC issued a public statement that they will not be operating the beverage bottling plant and the property was listed for sale. W.A.T.E.R. and many in the community are hopeful the property...

Underground the Lassen Substation Power Lines!

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Underground the Lassen Substation Power Lines!

Underground the Lassen Substation Power Lines!Current power lines crossing Hatchery Lane, due to be replaced with taller poles and increased voltage.

After the complete destruction of Paradise, CA and Greenville, CA in above-ground powerline-initiated fires, you would think that the authorities and electric power companies would do the best they can to assure that any new construction was undergrounded and fire safe. But you would be wrong. Pacific Power is still planning to replace a major above-ground line just west of I-5 and Mt. Shasta City, not with an undergrounded line, but...

Over Extraction and Drought Decimate Local Rivers

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Over Extraction and Drought Decimate Local Rivers

Over Extraction and Drought Decimate Local RiversState Water Board approves Drought EmergencyRegulations for the Scott River and Shasta RiverSince May, when Governor Newsom declared a drought emergency for many parts of the state, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has been developing drought emergency regulations for the Scott and Shasta Rivers. The process has involved several public hearings and comment periods. W.A.T.E.R. submitted a forceful letter advocating immediate and strong action to protect the rivers.
On August 17 the SWRCB approved Drought Emergency Regulations...

W.A.T.E.R. and WWT file reply briefs in Appellate Court

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
W.A.T.E.R. and WWT file reply briefs in Appellate Court

Crystal Geyser, Siskiyou County and Mt. Shasta City continue to defend EIR on abandoned plant project in Mount Shasta.

W.A.T.E.R. and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe (WWT) have filed reply briefs to the briefs filed by Siskiyou County, Mt. Shasta City and Crystal Geyser (respondents) in our ongoing struggle to overturn the flawed Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the Crystal Geyser (CG) plant project in Mount Shasta. Even though CG has announced its decision to abandon the plant project and put the property up for sale, CG continues to defend the EIR in court. We believe it is essential...

Mount Shasta Water Bottle Refill Station and Drinking Fountain is a GO!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Mount Shasta Water Bottle Refill Station and Drinking Fountain is a GO!

Mt. Shasta’s Parker Plaza will soon be home to a drinking fountain and water bottle refill station. Community members and visitors alike will soon be able refill their own reusable water bottles with pure, world famous Mt. Shasta water. Spearheading this effort, W.A.T.E.R. worked with the City of Mt. Shasta Beautification Committee to make this project possible and last year the City Council approved a Water Bottle Refill Station & ADA drinking fountain at the NW corner of Parker Plaza with W.A.T.E.R. pledging to raise the needed funds. We were able to arrange a $5,000 grant from Plastic Oceans...

Save the Shasta River!

Monday, June 14, 2021
Save the Shasta River!

The Shasta River, collecting water from Mt. Shasta and the Eddy Mountains, meanders for 58 miles through the Shasta Valley, draining into the Klamath River.  For millennia, half of all salmon returning to the entire Klamath and Trinity watersheds came back to spawn in the Shasta River, until the early 20th Century when massive irrigation development depleted the river’s water thus robbing it of its native Coho and Chinook salmon spawning habitat. Excessive irrigation continues today in the Shasta Valley, where water-hungry crops are grown in a desert environment.  Although the Shasta River historically...


Sunday, June 13, 2021

The City of Mt. Shasta is preparing a mobility plan called Walk Bike Ride Mt. Shasta. Through this effort, the City will develop strategies and ideas for transportation improvements to foster a vibrant, sustainable community with accessible connections between businesses, neighborhoods, schools, and our surrounding natural environment.
How can streets be made safer? How can it be made easier for more people to walk, bike, or ride the bus to get where they need to go? How can the transportation system support local businesses, be resilient to climate change and adapt to changing technology?

Dare to Dream!  W.A.T.E.R. and Winnemem Wintu Tribe Statement on Crystal Geyser.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Dare to Dream!  W.A.T.E.R. and Winnemem Wintu Tribe Statement on Crystal Geyser.

It was reported at the May 10 Mount Shasta city council meeting that Crystal Geyser Water Company (CGWC) is not proceeding with their beverage bottling project and the property is up for sale. This was reported shortly after We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review (W.A.T.E.R.) and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe (WWT) filed a brief with the State Appeals Court challenging Siskiyou County’s shockingly inadequate Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the CGWC beverage bottling plant. W.A.T.E.R., the WWT, and large numbers of local residents and others concerned about the environment enthusiastically...


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

At the May 11 Mount Shasta city council meeting council member Tim Stearns stated that Crystal Geyser representatives had called council members to inform them that Crystal Geyser has “no intention of proceeding” with the project, that they have placed the property up for sale and that they have “vacated” the building that was to be the beverage bottling plant on Ski Village Drive. Council member Stearns advocated using this information to annex the property into the city limits to have more control over the property’s future development. Stearns had previously been one of the major boosters...

W.A.T.E.R. submits comments on Mount Shasta General Plan 2045, Water Resource Element.

Monday, March 29, 2021
W.A.T.E.R. submits comments on Mount Shasta
General Plan 2045, Water Resource Element.

The City of Mount Shasta is planning to update the city’s general plan (City General Plan webpage). Included in this is an important section on water usage and planning (Water Resource Element PDF). W.A.T.E.R. found serious deficiencies in this document and has submitted comments to further protect and preserve our water resources. Some of our comments: •  “All ordinances on the books must be reviewed as to how the Water Element is affected. For example, the Water Bottling exemption is still on the books, that must be removed as soon as possible. Every project must be permitted and able to be...

Comments Presented to the Mt. Shasta City Council

Monday, January 25, 2021

Submitted by Geneva Omann
I am here as a representative of the non-profit, WA.T.E.R. to request that the City Council send a formal request to Siskiyou County asking that they initiate negotiations with Pacific Power  to put the powerlines associated with the Lassen Substation upgrade project underground. Please make this an agenda item for your next meeting and act as quickly as possible.  The area for these lines is within your “sphere of influence” and as an agency, keeping our area safe from fire danger is crucial.  
These lines are in unincorporated Siskiyou County and the County...

Reckless logging will increase wildfire risk for mountain towns

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Reckless logging will increase wildfire risk for mountain towns

Reckless Logging Will Increase Wildfire Risk for Mountain Towns
By Karen Maki, Jeff Stone, and Raven Stevens for We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review
Over four million acres burned in California in 2020.  Despite this unprecedented climate disaster, CalFire is poised to increase future wildfire risk for residents of Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta City, McCloud and Castella by approving the Soda Springs Timber Harvest Plan (THP), which would use an unnecessarily dangerous even-aged logging method, similar to clearcutting. 
Changes to Forest Management Will Reduce Wildfire Risk

Expanded Power Lines on Old Stage Road Pose Fire Risk!

Monday, January 4, 2021
Expanded Power Lines on Old Stage Road Pose Fire Risk!

First Call for Action in 2021!
It takes our collective voices to make change. Contact the Mt. Shasta City Council, Board of Supervisors and the Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and demand the power lines be put underground. They need to hear from the community!
Speaking at the December 14 Mount Shasta City Council meeting, W.A.T.E.R. continued to push for undergrounding the proposed power line expansion along Old Stage Rd, crossing Fish Hatchery Ln. This project proposes to enlarge and heighten the power lines leading from the power substation to the Crystal Geyser plant, the primary...

W.A.T.E.R. is working with the City to install a water refill station in Parker Plaza.

Monday, November 23, 2020
W.A.T.E.R. is working with the City to install a water refill station in Parker Plaza.

Mt. Shasta is at a pivotal turning point, we know that single use plastic is devastating the environment and most plastic is NOT recycled. W.A.T.E.R. is working with local agencies and businesses to reduce plastic use right here in Mt. Shasta. During last July 4th’s walk/run, the Mountain Runners stopped distributing single use water bottles in favor of water refill stations, greatly reducing the amount of plastic waste from that event. What an exciting shift!  W.A.T.E.R. then worked with the City of Mt. Shasta Beautification Committee and City Council who approved a water bottle refill station...

Crystal Geyser removes equipment from Mt. Shasta plant.

Monday, November 9, 2020
Crystal Geyser removes equipment from Mt. Shasta plant.

Last December we noticed that Crystal Geyser removed two large cooling units from the North side of the building. Within the last month Crystal Geyser also removed two large gas tanks and an evaporator on the East side. Crystal Geyser has not revealed changes to their previously stated plans for the plant or its operations. In a continuing pattern of secrecy, as far as we know, neither Siskiyou County or City of Mount Shasta officials have been informed of what Crystal Geyser plans to do with the plant. In January 2020 a Crystal Geyser spokesperson said they “continue to assess (their) California...

W.A.T.E.R.'s fiscal year 2019-2020 annual report is now available.

Monday, November 2, 2020
W.A.T.E.R.'s fiscal year 2019-2020 annual report is now available.

Find out what W.A.T.E.R. has been up to in the last year.
Our annual report highlights our organization's mission statement and how we turn this into concrete actions.
The primary objectives and purposes of our organization are to:
• Advocate for the preservation of natural resources and a healthy environment. 
• Advocate for long-range community planning and regenerative practices to protect all citizens and to promote a thriving community.  
• Communicate these concerns to local government officials and agencies.
• Encourage community-wide participation through...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

‘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...

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)...

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....

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...

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...

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.
Read Article and View Video Segment

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly

Monday, October 29, 2018

Our legal case challenging the County's approval of the fatally flawed Crystal Geyser EIR is slowly progressing through the court system. We are currently finishing up the "preparation of the administrative record" which collects and organizes the huge amount of paperwork, emails, letters and communications with Crystal Geyser, Analytical Environmental Services,  Siskiyou County and Mount Shasta City around the CG EIR. This "administrative record" process alone has cost us over 15 thousand dollars! These outrageous legal fees are just one of the ways the system is rigged against citizen participation...

WATER Releases 2017-18 Annual Report

Monday, October 22, 2018
WATER Releases 2017-18 Annual Report

Our hard working Board Secretary and the GNA President (both volunteers) have compiled the 2017-18 annual report for W.A.T.E.R. Learn more about the accomplishments and strategies that we at W.A.T.E.R., along with your invaluable support, have put together to save and protect the environment of our region.

See the Annual Report for 2017-2018 HERE.

Crystal Geyser in hot water for secretly disposing of arsenic-filled waste

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Crystal Geyser in hot water for secretly disposing of arsenic-filled waste

Bottled water giant Crystal Geyser has been charged by a grand jury with 16 counts of violating environmental and hazardous waste laws, after the jury viewed evidence that the company improperly disposed of toxic waste, a Department of Justice press release said. According to court records disclosed on July 19, Crystal Geyser created an “Arsenic Pond” in a remote part of eastern California between Death Valley and The Sequoia National Forest, and then didn’t disclose that water they pumped out of the pond and delivered to water treatment plants was full of the poisonous heavy metal.

Thanks to your efforts, we're making a really big difference in the fight for a healthy community this year.

Friday, July 13, 2018

W.A.T.E.R.’s two court cases continue to progress as we fight Crystal Geyser Water Company's potential operation. W.A.T.E.R. and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe are co-plaintiffs in the cases and we are working side by side to protect water, our communities and the environment.
 The County case concerning the deficient Final EIR and lack of AB52 consultation was not settled out of court and will be heard in Siskiyou Superior Court in January 2019. We will keep you updated with the progress of this case. We are currently pouring over thousands of documents from the County, Crystal Geyser and Analytical...

Large crowd attends CPUC hearing

Monday, June 11, 2018
Large crowd attends CPUC hearing

On June 8 Administrative Law Judge Robert Haga chaired a public hearing of the California Public Utilities Commission on the proposed Lassen substation project.  Over 60 concerned citizens attended to hear and speak about this project. Most speakers objected to the expansion of the power lines feeding the Crystal Geyser plant and called for the undergrounding of these new lines that will march along the fields East of Old Stage Rd. Speakers also called on the CPUC to make Crystal Geyser, and not ratepayers, to pay for the power lines to the plant.  The proposed expanded power lines will be much...

W.A.T.E.R. Challenges City Permit for Crystal Geyser

Friday, April 27, 2018

W.A.T.E.R. and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe petitioned the Superior Court of Siskiyou County for a Writ of Mandate (Petition) against the City of Mt. Shasta, challenging its March 26, 2018 split-vote approval of the Industrial Waste Discharge Permit for Crystal Geyser Water Company and challenging the City's conclusion that the project was adequately considered in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared by the Lead Agency, Siskiyou County.  The Petition contends that these actions of the City are in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). According to an indemnification...

W.A.T.E.R. Challenges CG EIR

Friday, January 12, 2018

On December 12, 2017 the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors certified the flawed and incomplete Environmental Impact Report (EIR) of the Crystal Geyser beverage bottling project in Mount Shasta, CA.  On January 11, 2018 We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review (W.A.T.E.R.) and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe jointly filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandate (Case SCCV-CVPT-2018-41-4) in Siskiyou County Superior Court to require Siskiyou County to “to set aside their approval of the Project and certification of the EIR.”

The Petition states:  “In approving the Project as described herein,...

Board of Supervisors Approves CG EIR

Saturday, December 16, 2017

On December 12th the Board of Supervisors certified a flawed and misguided EIR, despite the known issues of air quality, green house gas emissions, groundwater pollution and aquifer capacity. A staff report from Analytical Environmental Services' representative Ryan Sawyer and the County's contract planner, Sally Zeff of the consulting firm ICF, contained no new data nor mitigations and contained mainly "handwaving" arguments as a substitute. Although W.A.T.E.R. members and W.A.T.E.R.'s experts provided highly detailed and technical analyses of the FEIR's flaws, these were essentially ignored...

Supervisors Delay Crystal Geyser Decision

Monday, November 20, 2017

On Thursday, November 16 the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors held a hearing on the appeal filed by W.A.T.E.R., the Gateway Neighborhood Association and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe by our attorney, Marsha Burch, challenging the approval of the Crystal Geyser EIR. The Board of Supervisors and county counsel heard presentations from 9AM to 5PM given by County Staff, Crystal Geyser representatives, our lawyer Marsha Burch, consultants, both supportive and critical of the current EIR, and numerous public comments. At the conclusion of this long day the Board voted to continue the item to December...

Crystal Geyser EIR appeal goes to Board of Supervisors November 16

Monday, November 13, 2017

The hearing date for appeal of the County Planning Commission's approval for the Crystal Geyser project is set for Thursday, Nov 16th at 9am, Miner’s Inn in Yreka. This appeal has been jointly filed by W.A.T.E.R., the Gateway Neighborhood Association and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. For more details of our appeal arguments you can see our Lawyer's appeal filing HERE.
We understand that public comments will be allowed.In order to make our comments effective and accurate we are planning an
Informational meeting onTuesday November 14, 7PMat the Mount Shasta City Library
to offer ideas...

City Council Sells Out to Crystal Geyser!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

On Monday September 25, reversing their previous 5-0 decision objecting to the Final Environmental Impact Report as it stood, the Mt. Shasta City Council, in a 3-1 vote (Barbara Wagner opposed and the Mayor absent) decided to not challenge the FIER or to appeal the upcoming Planning Commission certification. They will not delay the project in any way.  In the room were the conservative business people, a Crystal Geyser representative, Siskiyou Economic Development and Board of Supervisor Ed Valenzuela. It seems they all knew what would be happening at the meeting while the public was left out....

Siskiyou County releases a flawed Final EIR

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

On Friday, September 8th, Siskiyou County released to the public its Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on the Crystal Geyser bottling plant project.  Even a brief examination of the 64 pdf documents that comprise the FEIR shows that almost all of the concerns and objections of the over 150 comments submitted on the Draft EIR were inappropriately deemed to be wrong, without merit, or misconceived and given no serious response.  Where a few comments were found to be “with merit,” changes were made but without an analysis of the original flaws in the Draft EIR, merely stating that these changes...

Critical Examination of a Crystal Geyser Economic Study

Saturday, July 22, 2017

To gain further understanding of the real costs of a bottling plant in our community, W.A.T.E.R. commissioned Noah Enelow, Ph.D, senior economist, Ecotrust, Portland, Oregon to provide a an analysis of the economic effects of the Crystal Geyser plant. You can see the report HERE
Over a year ago, in March, 2016, an Arizona consulting firm, Applied Economics released a report titled Economic Impacts of Crystal Geyser on Siskiyou County, California, (AE Study).  Shortly thereafter, March 30, 2016,  the CEO of Crystal Geyser Water Company (CGWC), Yasu Iwamoto, in a guest opinion column, sited...

W.A.T.E.R. and the Gateway Neighborhood Association hire six experts and two attorneys

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

W.A.T.E.R. and the Gateway Neighborhood Association, six hired experts, two attorneys, the City of Mt. Shasta and 150 community members put in smart and exacting comments related to the Crystal Geyser Water Company proposal to open a bottling plant in town. The comments showed the many deficiencies that were found in the Draft EIR (DEIR) on the Crystal Geyser bottling plant. However the County has chosen to not resubmit a new DEIR to the public, but we have have been told that a Final EIR will be released in August of 2017 for the Siskiyou County Planning Commissions recommendations and then...

Thank You Mount Shasta!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A big Thank You to everyone who wrote comments, attended meetings and contributed funds to this effort to have a real and effective EIR for Crystal Geyser. Community Comments on the Crystal Geyser EIR
An amazing 150 comments were submitted to the County commenting on the Crystal Geyser draft EIR. The draft EIR was a poorly written and inadequate document that overlooked many of the harmful effects that this plant will cause. Concerned community members pointed this out again and again in an outpouring of thoughtful and well researched comments. The City of Mount Shasta held two meetings...

W.A.T.E.R. receives a $20,000 grant!

Thursday, February 23, 2017
W.A.T.E.R. receives a $20,000 grant!

W.A.T.E.R. has received a generous grant from LUSH Handmade Cosmetic's Charity Pot non-profit funding effort. Charity Pot looks for projects that create long-term systematic change and address the root cause of the problem, which aim to alter opinion and behavior through raising awareness of issues, activism, education and campaigning. This grant helped us pay for the attorneys and environmental experts comments on the Crystal Geyser EIR. Thank you Lush Cosmetics!

W.A.T.E.R. educational meeting on the Crystal Geyser DEIR

Monday, January 23, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6pmMt. Shasta Library515 Alma Street, Mt.Shasta, CA
This meeting will help define all the areas of the document that are of serious concern, and ask you to review the DEIR and send in your comments to the County.  We will have a handout with links to our County Supervisors, Planning Commissioner contacts, the newspaper (for letters to the editor) and how to mail in your own personal comments.
Please let your friends and neighbors know about this opportunity to see and discuss the plans that Crystal Geyser has for its business and our community.

Crystal Geyser draft EIR released by Siskiyou County.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The draft Environmental Impact Report on the Cyrstal Geyser project has been released by the County. The entire report can be downloaded at the County project web site HERE. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the files. This is a lot of stuff to read, pick the area you are concerned about and please study. We are now going over these finding carefully and forwarding to our consultants and lawyers. W.A.T.E.R. is planning to have a community forum soon to go over these reports and discuss the findings and how we should respond.

Crystal Geyser Draft EIR Looms

Thursday, November 10, 2016

On June 24, 2016 Siskiyou County announced the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Crystal Geyser plant in Mount Shasta. This began a 30 day comment period from the public and various concerned agencies. Over 130 comments were submitted to the County by the end of the 30 day comment period. This shows the overwhelming interest and concern of local citizens and others about this controversial project. You can read W.AT.E.R.'s and the Gateway Neighborhood's comments to the County in the relevant links below, which give a good overview of the environmental...

WATER representative Geneva Omann spoke at the World Water Appreciation day in Mount Shasta City Park

Monday, July 25, 2016
WATER representative Geneva Omann spoke at the World Water Appreciation day in Mount Shasta City Park

Day Out of Time, July 25, 2016
My name is Geneva Omann, I am a member of the WATER Group, WATER is an acronym it stands for We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review. I thank Forrest for inviting me to speak at this wonderful event where we are celebrating World Water Appreciation Day, a DayOut of Time, Time as Art. I want to address what the WATER Group is all about in the context of World Water Appreciation Day.
Let Me Start with a Brief History
2013 it was announced to the public that CG had purchased the former Dannon/Coca Cola building and would be setting up shop without...

Attend the Public Scoping Meeting

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday, July 20 at 5PMSisson School Gym601 E. Alma Street, Mt. Shasta.
The scoping meeting provides the opportunity for interested agencies and the public to provide oral comments on the scope of the EIR. It's important that the County and Crystal Geyser sees how much this means to our community.
It is important that the County hears all of our concerns about this plant!  Put in your own words all the issues you think may be environmentally significant about the Crystal Geyser’s plant.  Are you concerned about water usage, drought, effects on local wells and aquifer, noise, traffic,...

Public Comments Needed for EIR!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

On June 24 Siskiyou County released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant.  The NOP describes the project and potential environmental effects in order to allow all interested parties to comment on the scope and content of the EIR.  See the entire NOP HERE.  The release of the NOP begins a 30-day public comment period.  Written comments can be submitted to the County until July 25, 2016.
Written comments should be sent to:County of Siskiyou, Community Development Departmentc/o: Greg Plucker, Director,806 S. Main Street,...

Ground Water Initiative gathers over 2000 signatures

Monday, June 6, 2016

In an amazing outpouring of community effort, volunteers collected over 2000 petition signatures to get an important ground water initiative on the November ballot. This was well over the 1362 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. The petition, titled the Siskiyou Headwaters Initiative, was ”prepared for the purpose of amending the Siskiyou County Groundwater Management Code (ordinance) to apply ground water extraction permit requirements to the entire County (not only designated groundwater basins) and remove the exemption that enables the water bottling industry to extract and export...

County Releases a Request for Proposal for an EIR on Crystal Geyser

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On April 12th 2016 the Siskiyou County Community Development Department released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for environmental consultant services to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Crystal Geyser's Use Permit to construct a caretaker/security residence on their property. It was this application that ultimately triggered the CEQA process on Crystal Geyser's plant.  Most importantly the RFP states, “…the installation of the caretaker’s unit is directly related to the whole of Crystal Geyser’s bottling facility operations on the property and the entirety of the bottling plant...

WATER Lawsuit in Court

Monday, April 18, 2016

W.A.T.E.R.’s lawsuit with Siskiyou County and Crystal Geyser Water Company challenging the location of Crystal Geyser’s plant as inconsistent with the Siskiyou County Zoning Ordinance and the Siskiyou County General Plan was heard in Siskiyou County Court on April 14. WATER alleged that since the facility is located in a “Woodland Productivity” overlay, which designates the land for light-industrial use, CG’s proposed heavy industrial activities of beverage production and plastic bottle manufacturing were in violation of the General Plan.  The court ruled that all causes of action were “time...

A Crystal Geyser EIR is announced (again).

Friday, March 25, 2016

On March 23, 2016, the Mt. Shasta Herald broke the story of Siskiyou County’s announcement to finally conduct an Environmental Impact Report on the entirety of the Crystal Geyser bottling plant operations. A letter from Greg Plucker, Siskiyou County Community Development Director, to Richard Weklych of Crystal Geyser stated in part:
   "Upon review of the project, County staff believes that there are unique and unusual circumstances with respect to the project. ... While the project does require discretionary permits from other agencies, these other agencies only have permitting responsibilities...

EDA grant terminated.

Friday, March 4, 2016

On February 11, 2016 the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) terminated a three million dollar grant to the City of Mount Shasta awarded to assist in improvement of the City wastewater treatment system.  The EDA letter stated in part:
…. the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has determined  that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)… must be  prepared and  considered in connection with the amendment of  EDA Award … for the upgrade of the Mount Shasta Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), and because of the length of time  required for such a review, EDA has  determined...

There is NO EIR! What’s Up with Crystal Geyser?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

After months of silence and amidst continued demands by residents of Mount Shasta in September 2015 Crystal Geyser released a statement saying:  “In an effort to be completely transparent with the community we have decided to move forward … in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  By preparing this EIR, we will be able to analyze all potential impacts of the plant operations in Mt. Shasta.”    Then, in an abrupt about-face, on January 12, 2016 Crystal Geyser announced to the County Board of Supervisors that they no longer considered an environmental review as necessary.