The Sacramento River is the largest river and watershed in California with distinct ecosystems and cultural practices at risk of exploitation and harm based on damming of rivers, heavy metals, pesticides, micro plastics, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, privatization, and mismanagement practices. Highlighted below are issues we are focused on in collaboration with other organizations.
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Nevada Irrigation District (NID) states in their mission statement that “The District will provide a dependable, quality water supply; continue to be good stewards of the watersheds, while conserving the available resources in our care.” However, due to use and dependency on herbicides, toxins are applied directly into the water. For more information on use of herbicides or how to get involved visit Safe Ditches. Or you can contact NIDdirectly.
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Issue 2: Centennial Dam. This proposed dam would inundate hundreds of Nisenan cultural sites, including seven village and burial sites. This publicly accessible seven miles of river are still sued by the Nisenan for traditional ceremony and medicine gatherings. For more information visit:
Save the Bear River
Bear River: Awakening
South Yuba River Citizen’s League
Issue 3: Medicine Lake Volcano: Medicine Lake Highlands — environmental and cultural significance. Located 30 miles northeast of Mount Shasta, the remote and spectacular Medicine Lake Highlands encompass California’s most diverse volcanic fields on the continent’s largest shield volcano and huge source of water. The azure waters of Medicine Lake lie embedded in this 500,000-year sculpture of volcanic fury, with its striking variety of lava flows, clear lakes, mountains of glass-like obsidian, white pumice, dark boulders, and silver-green mountain hemlock. The area’s clear skies are home to eagles, goshawks, and rare bats. Tall forests shelter spotted owls, Sierra martens, Pacific fishers, and sensitive plants. The biological integrity of the Highlands is essential to habitat connectivity in the region. For ten thousand years this landscape has been a place of traditional spiritual practice to the Ahjumawi (Pit River) and Modoc.
Water is a fundamental human right. It belongs to all of us. Water is Life as it is needed to survive and live healthy lives. Increasingly, corporations are seeking to control and profit from water at the expense our health and wellbeing.
Issue 1: Currently, Siskiyou County is battling water wars with the constant interest from Nestle and Crystal Geyser, among others, to privatize water in the Mt. Shasta area. Selling water to these companies during a climate crisis carries multiple risks, such as draining natural resources needed for ecosystems and communities to survive. For more information on water issues in the Mt. Shasta area, visit: Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center and the Winnemem Wintu.