Mt. Shasta Water Rights Ordinance Findings to Be Presented by City Council on May 24
Mt. Shasta Water Rights: Who Decides?
What: The Mt. Shasta City Council will present findings from its thirty-day study on the Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance; and community members supportive of environmental quality and the democratic process will present their newly released report entitled Mt. Shasta Water Rights: Who Decides?
When: Monday, May 24th, 6:30 P.M., Mt. Shasta Community Building , 629 Alder Street
Why: Having secured the signatures of over one-third of Mt. Shasta voters, the Mt. Shasta Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance has been brought to the City Council to be enacted or placed on the ballot for a popular vote. Having chosen at the last Council session to study the ordinance, the Council will report its findings at the May 24th session. Community members have expressed concerns that the Council may defy the democratic process by preventing the ordinance from coming up for a vote. . Supporters of the ordinance are calling for maximum turnout at the Council meeting to ensure residents’ right to determine their own future.
“It’s essential that all community members show up on the 24th to ensure that democracy happens and the community water ordinance gets on the ballot so we, the people, can vote on this critical issue,” said Ami Marcus of the Mt. Shasta Community Rights Project.
Citizens concerned about local economic and environmental impacts of bulk water extraction and climate manipulation through chemical cloud-seeding will present their own report, Mt. Shasta Water Rights: Who Decides? The report will be available to the press and the public as of Monday, May 17 at www.shastacommons.org and www.globalexchange.org and will be on hand at the May 24th City Council meeting.
“Two major multi-national corporations are already extracting undisclosed amounts of our water,” said resident Angelina Cook “Now PG&E wants to seed our clouds with chemicals to make more water to take. Water is a public resource, and it should be up to the public to decide how it’s used.”
The Mt. Shasta Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance protects the right to “sustainably access, use, consume, and preserve water drawn from natural water cycles.” The ordinance will prohibit corporate cloud seeding and corporate water extraction within city limits, and, more broadly, will defend the rights of citizens to self-government and the rights of natural communities and ecosystems to exist, flourish, and evolve.
The report to be published by the Mt. Shasta Community Rights Project was co-authored by San Francisco’s Global Exchange and Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, who partner to assist communities through organizing and legal support to assert their rights to make governing decisions about where they live.