Local Control of Local Water
Competition for water isn’t anything new for California. Recent droughts spurred enactment of new groundwater management laws at the state level. We could just wait, and hope the new regulations they’re developing won’t hurt us. Or we can become proactive, pass Measure H and strengthen our local ability to track, monitor and limit groundwater exports if needed in times of scarcity.
We can’t manage what we don’t measure. It’s important we take control now and demonstrate effective local governance, capable of ensuring sustainable groundwater management. This in no way circumvents the state’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act; it complements it. We’ll have a head start with substantial community involvement, enforcing citizen-supported water laws that are a good fit for our county.
Leveling the Playing Field
Not surprisingly, special water bottling interests are sending misinformation to county voters, and they have more money than we do. We hope you’ll learn more by reading the ordinance itself, and the articles, editorials and sample ballot arguments linked below. It’s actually quite simple. Smokescreen statements that Measure H will somehow adversely affect other wells, local business, or regulate spring water just aren’t true, and you can see that for yourself. It removes the water bottling exemption, and applies one law to permits for groundwater extraction anywhere in the county – that’s it.
How You Can Help
We gathered about 2000 signatures from registered Siskiyou County voters to put this on the ballot as a citizens’ initiative. We need your help to raise local awareness and get out the vote. Here’s how: