Vote YES on Measure H

Fixing Flaws in County Water Laws

Mount Shasta is a strategic source of California’s water, and a hot spot for the water bottling industry. Increasingly, this industry competes with local residential and agricultural users for important water resources. Siskiyou County’s water ordinance already requires permits for most projects that extract and export groundwater from the county. Its fatal flaw is that it currently exempts the region’s largest water exporters – water bottling companies – from the permit process.

Measure H fixes that flaw. Ending special privileges granted just one industry, it protects the rights of ALL groundwater users in the county. Measure H applies only to bottled water exports, heading to Japan and other far away places. This measure does not affect groundwater used for homes and farms. After it’s passed, Measure H will protect agriculture and domestic water users as the highest priority.

Groundwater Basin Map

Groundwater basins in Siskiyou county | Siskiyou Forward Movement

Measure H

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:

Donate! – Help cover campaign costs. Our goal is raise at least $5,000 more in time for the November election.

Spread The Word! – Discuss the issue with your neighbors, friends and family. Write a Letter to the Editor. Contact us to request a yard sign or window placard – you can also print and post the fact sheet below. Let us know if you would like to officially endorse YES on H by October 15. Share YES on H information on social media and urge your representatives to support this proactive democratic grassroots legislation.

And of course…check your voter registration now and vote YES on Measure H!…by mail-in ballot or in person at the polls (depending on your precinct) on November 8, 2016.

Measure H Fact Sheet

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Further Reading

Guest Opinion: Explaining the Groundwater Initiative – Angelina Cook, Siskiyou Daily News, July 20, 2016

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Update – Greg Plucker, (former) Community Development Director, memo to Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, September 25, 2015

Mount Shasta Water Lawsuit: Message to a Bottler – Capital & Main, August 26, 2015

Water bottling plant proposed in McCloud – Redding Record Searchlight, June 11,2015

Life in Time of Drought: Will Mount Shasta Bottle Its Water for Profit? – Capital & Main, May 11, 2015

November 2016 Sample Ballot Materials

Impartial Analysis of Measure H

Argument in Favor of Measure H

Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure H

Argument Against Measure H

Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure H

Here’s the full text of the initiative:

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