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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 reviewed rather than ministerial permits which allow projects...

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 has $5 million in Rule 20A funds that are expressly...

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
California officials and state agencies have repeatedly...

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 beneficiary of this project. This power line project...

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 and ADA Drinking Fountain 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 business strategy...” (Mount Shasta Herald).  

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 educating the public about these issues. 
• Defend...

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 [www.storyofplastic.org] and Raven Stevens, Board Member of W.A.T.E.R. (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review) [cawater.net].
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.
Clean...

‘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...