Mt. Shasta Water Rights Campaign
Read the report: Mt. Shasta Water Rights - Who Decides?
Click on the report cover to download.
In October 2008, residents of Mount Shasta learned that PG&E intended to begin a cloud seeding project in their southeastern watershed through an announcement in the Mount Shasta Herald. Mt. Shasta residents face two major threats to their local water supply: 1) PG&E’s practice of cloud seeding, where the energy giant launches a cannon of silver iodide into passing storm clouds, forcing the unnatural release of rain in one location, which it then channels for corporate use as hydroelectric power; and 2) water withdrawal from the local aquifer by corporate water bottlers. The community wanted to stop these unwanted practices, which pose serious environmental damage to their very pristine ecosystem at the base of Mt. Shasta and threaten resident's well-being.
- asserts the rights of residents to exercise self government;
- bans corporations from engaging in weather manipulation;
- establishes strict liability and burden of proof for chemical trespass;
- bans corporations from engaging in weather withdrawal for resale;
- strips corporate rights and protections that allow them to subordinate people and the environment to the will of a few; and
- recognizes and enforcing the rights of nature.
- Mt. Shasta Water Rights Report (.pdf)
- "Shasta & Goliath: Bring Down Corporate Rule," by Allen Kanner. Tikkun, Winter 2011 (.pdf)
- Mt. Shasta Ordinance Myths & Facts (.pdf)
- Messaging for Rights based organizing (.pdf)
- FAQ for Shasta and your community (.pdf)
- Sample “Bill of Rights” ordinances
Click here to read a Feb 17th update/article from Read The Dirt on the effort to pass a Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance in Mt. Shasta. Hear how the citizens of this small town were, as our author states, “denied their right to vote on this admittedly controversial measure.” The Ordinance would have banned corporate cloud seeding and water extraction.