We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review


Our mission is to advocate for the preservation of the environment and natural resources, serving to protect all citizens. We advocate long-range community planning and regenerative practices to promote a thriving community. We encourage community-wide participation in these efforts and are committed to defending these issues with public interest litigation if necessary. We provide public education, environmental advocacy, and extensive volunteer opportunities.

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Address: P.O. Box 873
Mount Shasta , CA 96067
County: Siskiyou
Email: mountshastawater@gmail.com
Phone Number: 530-918-8805
Website: http://www.cawater.net
W.A.T.E.R (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review) has been a leader in the campaign to challenge Crystal Geyser's plans to set up an industrial operation next to Mt. Shasta City for producing plastic-bottled beverages from unregulated amounts of groundwater that they extract from Mt. Shasta. More generally, our mission is to advocate for the preservation of the environment and natural resources, serving to protect all citizens. We advocate long-range community planning and regenerative practices to promote a thriving community. We encourage community-wide participation in these efforts and are committed to defending these issues with public interest litigation if necessary. We provide public education, environmental advocacy, and extensive volunteer opportunities.

We live in a time when we face serious environmental problems on a local, regional, and global scale. We live in a time when we face serious economic problems on a local, regional and global scale. It is time to realize, as Albert Einstein said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." An attempt to solve our economic problems by privatization and extraction (depletion) of natural resources in the public commons, such as freshwater, is at odds with the necessity to clean up and protect the natural environment that is necessary for healthy communities and economies and supportive of human rights.

W.A.T.E.R. successfully worked to ensure Siskiyou County and Crystal Geyser Water Company performed an environmental impact report on the proposed beverage bottling plant in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act, which they initially declined. We are now working to ensure that a meaningful study has been done and we are challenging the many errors, omissions, and inadequacies in the final Environmental Impact Report. In addition, our work extends beyond this single issue:

• We provide public forums and educational opportunities that provide information and help citizens develop skill in making public comment speeches, writing public comment documents, and preparing letters to the editor and local elected officials
• We have a steadfast group of volunteers and community members who help us with the work and provide valuable feedback on the Community's needs
• We are participating in the City of Mt. Shasta's process for revising the City General Plan
• We are following water issues in the City of Weed and McCloud and will support those communities in protecting their water resources.
• We work collaboratively with other local, regional, and national groups that focus on crafting a healthy balance between protection of natural resources and sustainable economies

Your contribution will help us with this essential work of developing local economies that reflect the values and needs of our South Siskiyou County region.
As the Community Liaison for the Gateway Neighborhood Association, I have worked side by side with W.A.T.E.R. for 4 years. During that time, I have watched how the W.A.T.E.R. Board of Directors and core group of volunteers have shown themselves time and time again to be principled, honest and extremely hard-working.

The Board goes to great lengths to be sure that money raised from the community and grants go directly to the work of ensuring that the community and environment are protected. I have seen individuals pay for printing, ink costs and travel expenses out of their own funds so that the money raised goes further.

Each press release and newsletter is thoughtfully written, without any untruths or inflammatory language. The group understands that the credibility and reputation of W.A.T.E.R. is vital when doing this work. Their dedication to that is beyond compare.

It's an honor to continue to work with them to protect our most precious resources - our community, the environment and Mt. Shasta Water.

Raven Stevens
Gateway Neighborhood Association
10/29/2017

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The pure and sacred Water of Mt. Shasta, the environment and local neighborhoods are at risk from the internationally owned, Crystal Geyser Water Company's proposed bottling plant.

For the last 4 years, we have watched the group W.A.T.E.R. (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review) fight relentlessly to get a full environmental impact report first from the City of Mt. Shasta and later, Siskiyou County. Finally in 2016 they were successful in forcing Otsuka Pharmaceutical (Crystal Geyser) into a full EIR.

W.A.T.E.R. has collaborated with our Tribe by gathering documents, keeping us updated on issues, providing documents and by supporting our work to fight the County's unlawful attempt to ignore our traditional cultural resources via the California law, AB52. We consider Water to be a traditional cultural resource for our Tribe, that must be protected at all costs.

W.A.T.E.R. also supports the Gateway Neighborhood Association and other local groups to educate and help focus the community's energy and efforts into sustaining this battle for our Water and environment.

We consider them to be Water Protectors and are grateful for their continued efforts.

Mark Miyoshi, Tribal Historic Presentation Officer
Luisa Navejas, Mt. Shasta District Representative
Winnemem Wintu Tribe

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The W.A.T.E.R. group has been a dedicated group of volunteers who have spent countless hours going through the Crystal Geyser EIR with a fine tooth comb, and currently spearheading the appeal to the Board of Supervisors. If the Board of Supervisors won't protect us from the harm this project brings to Mt. Shasta, then we all need to support strong legal actions. It's not over yet!

Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center
Angelina Cook
Andy Fusso