Right now, Siskiyou County law requires a permit for the extraction and export of groundwater, but water bottling companies are currently exempt. In an effort to close this loophole, county residents are hard at work gathering signatures for a ballot initiative so voters can decide if water-bottlers should play by the same rules as other groundwater users.
Can you sign the petition? We cannot collect signatures online, but if you are a registered Siskiyou County voter, we encourage you to meet signature gatherers at the following locations and times:
Yreka: In front of Walmart from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday.
Mt. Shasta: In front of Ray’s Market from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday.
McCloud: Mushroom Festival from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
Orleans: Klamath Riverkeeper office 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday (38150 Hwy 96).
The timing of this initiative is critical. Last week the California Department of Water Resources released its regulations for local groundwater sustainability agencies that must be established according to California’s historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.
If the initiative is approved by Siskiyou County voters, it will ensure that these yet-to-be established local entities can address the impacts of water bottlers on stream and river flows and wells that supply drinking water.
For more information about the proposed ballot initiative please visit SiskiyouForward.org