Preserve Sacred Sites & Protect Our Water
  • Petitioned Surfrider - San Diego Chapter

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Surfrider - San Diego Chapter
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House

Preserve Sacred Sites & Protect Our Water

    1. Petition by

      Jennifer Conant

      Oceanside, CA

Juan Vargas is authoring SB 833 to protect Gregory Canyon, an important regional drinking water supply, the region’s habitat and native species, and to preserve the sacred and spiritual sites of the Luiseño people. SB 833 is now headed to the State Assembly.

“Protecting local drinking water and open space for future generations, and preserving sacred Native American treasures, should be what California is all about,” stated Vargas. “Today, our Legislature showed these values are not partisan issues. I would like to thank my colleagues in the Senate for protecting Gregory Canyon from becoming a dump.”

Gregory Canyon is a pristine, undeveloped canyon at the headwaters of the San Luis Rey River that is proposed to become a landfill. The construction of the landfill would impact two blue lined streams and would cause a loss of a tributary to the San Luis Rey River placing the river at risk of landslides, leachate spills from trucks and contaminated runoff.

SB 833 would prohibit the construction or operation of a solid waste landfill disposal facility in the County of San Diego if that facility is either located on or within 1,000 feet of the San Luis Rey River or an aquifer that is hydrologically connected to that river; the disposal facility is on or within 1,000 feet of a site that is considered to be sacred or is of spiritual or cultural importance to a federally recognized Indian Tribe that is listed in the California Native American Heritage Commission Sacred Lands Inventory. The Gregory Canyon landfill site is located in northern San Diego County on State Route 76, approximately three miles east of Interstate 15, and two miles southwest of the community occupied by the Pala Band of Mission Indians.


Recent signatures


    1. Assembly approves bill to block Gregory Canyon landfill

      Jennifer Conant
      Petition Organizer

      Indian tribes and environmentalists secured a significant victory Wednesday with the passage of legislation that would block a landfill in North San Diego County.


    2. CalRecycle to consider Gregory Canyon permit Friday.

      Jennifer Conant
      Petition Organizer

      CalRecycle must take action on the request for the permit by Friday. If CalRecycle takes no action, it will be considered to be in agreement with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, which recommended approval of the permit May16.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kim wehinger VALLEY CENTER, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Governor Brown,

      Please do not allow the placement atop, adjacent, or near this valuable natural resource. The risk of loosing the San Luis Rey aquifer is too great for a region that imports 80 - 100 percent of the water it uses. Our region is a biological hotspot and the San Luis River riparian corridor is critical for many species.

      There must be a better way to deal with our garbage.

      Thank you for your time.

      Respectfully, Kim Wehinger

    • Rodney Miller SAN MARCOS, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Governor Brown, Someday clean water will be more valuable than oil or gold, please no landfill on the banks of any California river. Thank You.

    • Jasom Miranda PALA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Save our drinking water!

    • Sheila Manning FALLBROOK, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Governor Brown:

      The San Luis Rey River and watershed is the home to four endangered species and at least 35 other species deemed threatened by state and federal regulators. The San Luis Rey River is one of Southern California's few remaining free-flowing rivers and is a vital source of local drinking water. The dump will desecrate sacred religious sites. There are better alternatives to Gregory Canyon. To site a garbage dump on top of an aquifer is morally reprehensible and ecologically dangerous. The citizens of California are looking to you for leadership in implementing strategies to protect our natural resources and for you to become a true steward of our environment. Your signature on SB833 will be a bright light during these dark times.

    • Joan Brubaker OCEANSIDE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Those voting for this abismal project will not be here when the disaster to Oceanside's water supply occurs. This WILL happen as all dumps leak; it's been proven by experience and examination of the facts.


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