6 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, Ryan Zinke

NO New Dams in California: Stop Sites Reservoir

It has been almost 80 years since Morning Star Gali’s Pit River Tribe have seen salmon swimming up the Pit River. The building of the Shasta and Pit River dams blocked salmon and flooded Tribal lands, nearly wiped out the winter and spring run salmon Morning Star Gali, the mother of four Pit River children and water protector, works to make sure her kids will be able to fish again on the Pit River. She has joined Chief Caleen Sisk, of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe in demanding water for fish, and fish passage so the salmon can come home. Their work is threatened by the proposed Shasta Dam Raise and new dams and diversions being pushed by the Trump administration, which could wipe out Sacramento and Klamath River salmon. Today, the majority of the Sacramento watershed, which feeds the San Francisco Bay and Bay Delta, is heavily dammed and diverted. The salmon runs that once spawned in the cold waters of the Upper Sacramento, Pit and McCloud Rivers are facing extinction. Hundreds of miles away from the Pit River on the remote Redwood coast, Sammy Gensaw III and other Yurok Tribal youth live on the remote Klamath River, where they still use salmon as a staple food source for ceremonies, and as a source of income on the Yurok Reservation where the unemployment rate has reached 80%. Due to continued poor water management during California’s drought, last year was one of the worst salmon years on record for the Klamath River. As the salmon declined, tribal members were allotted only one salmon per eight Tribal members. Jobs became scarcer and people's’ health worsened, and suicide rates among Yurok youth skyrocketed to 16 times the national average.Poor salmon runs also caused commercial fishing to be shut down in much of California and Oregon devastating coastal economies.  The struggles of the Klamath, Pit, Trinity, McCloud, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Bay Area Tribes, are connected through the water diversions, reservoirs, power plants and dams which feed the Central Valley Water Project, and its heavily subsidized industrial farms. Much of California Tribes’ land and resources have already been liquidated to benefit the nation’s richest industrial agricultural and power companies. Agriculture uses 80% of California’s developed water and has continued to expand (especially permanent crops such as nuts) during drought years, while upwards of 90% of the young salmon die in the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers.New dams and diversions would not only be the end of most of California’s salmon, they would flood sacred sites, and further deprive Tribes of salmon, and the possibility of bringing their salmon home. California knows water is life. These rivers provide drinking water to 25 million people. Please join California Water Protectors in our fight for California’s rivers.  

Northern California Water Protectors
121 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to North Coast Water Board

Easter Lilies are Poisoning Salmon/People on Smith River: Boycott and Ask for Regulation

The Smith River in Northern California is the state’s wildest river, and it’s the only completely undammed watershed in the state. Salmon should be thriving in the Smith, however unregulated Easter lily farming is poisoning the Smith River estuary and harming protected salmon species. The pesticides are also causing health issues in the Smith River community, which has the highest rates of mortality due to heart disease, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease in the state. Smith River Easter lily bulbs are sold throughout the country as part of Easter celebrations. We ask that the public boycott non-organic Easter lilies until their chemical pollution is regulated. The Smith River estuary provides essential habitat for salmon. However, Smith River Estuary lily bulb famers apply an annual average of 300,000 pounds of highly toxic pesticides on some 1,000 acres of lily fields that drain directly into the Smith River estuary every year. This concentration of pesticide use is as high or higher than anywhere else in the state, and almost all of it occurs in along salmon streams. Water testing by the state has turned up 10 instances of contamination within the salmon food chain, and 17 pesticides in surface waters. Recently the domestic water supply for the town of Smith River turned up a chemical that has been banned in California. The Smith River estuary is a critically component of the California-Oregon salmon ecosystem. It is especially important due to its close proximity to the Klamath River, which is currently suffering from the worst salmon returns in recorded history. The Smith River lies at the heart of the federally recognized evolutionarily significant unit (ESU) for Southern Oregon-Northern California Coho salmon, an endangered species that biologists warn is headed for extinction. The Smith River is also the home of the Tolowa Tribe, which relies on it’s fisheries. Despite years of documented water quality violations and over 20 years of complaints of pollution of wells and surface water, estuary farmers face no regulation from the state agencies charged by the federal government to protect endangered species and clean water. For years, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has assured the public that an Agricultural Waiver is being drafted for the lily bulb farmers, and for 20 years Board officials have promised to take action to regulate the Smith River lily bulb farms. Yet no progress has been, made and the public was were recently told that these efforts have been put on the back burner indefinitely.    We are not asking for the end to lily bulb farming, only that the same common sense regulations that apply to the rest of the state apply to the Smith River. It is time that the water board regulates toxins, and protect salmon and human health in the Smith River estuary.   Photo: Town of Smith River outlined in yellow. Red dots depict Easter lily fields. Blue line is Rowdy Creek. Arrow points to Smith River Elementary School, which is virtually always downwind of pesticide spraying.      

Save California Salmon
1,030 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Marin County Board of Supervisors

Preserve San Geronimo Valley from inappropriate development

 The Board of Supervisors is considering purchase of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course in Marin County.  They would do so in cooperation with the Trust for Public Land.  They would restore fish and wildlife habitat along the creek, and prevent inappropriate development from taking place on the land. The golf course owners are willing to sell, presumably because, like elsewhere throughout the Bay Area, there is declining interest in golf.  One golf course in the Bay Area closes every two years.  Sadly, there are just too many golf courses for the declining number of golfers in our region, and the County cannot afford to subsidize continued golf course operation. San Geronimo Creek is critical habitat for Coho Salmon and steelhead.  The creek would be restored if the county purchases the golf course.  The land would be preserved for open space, and those who are unable to hike the steep trails surrounding the San Geronimo Valley would have a gentle place to walk during the day.  Please  support Marin County's plan to acquire the San Geronimo Golf Course for the purpose of recovering endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout, and turning it into a public park that will make it open and available to everyone. Turning this golf course into open space will have loads of ecological benefits:• Save over 49 million gallons (>$200,000) of water each year• Eliminate the use of fertilizers and pesticides that get into our water and air• Re-create floodplains that improve water quality and help reduce flooding of downstream houses • Allow the planting of trees, especially redwoods that sequester carbon and help to fight climate change, and• Improve creek habitats for endangered salmon and threatened trout and allow a host of other wildlife to thrive Thank you, Marin County and Supervisor Rodoni for stepping forward with this purchase! Converting these 157 acres into a public park will help the endangered species and the environment, benefit the majority of local residents and maintain the rural character of the San Geronimo Valley. Please sign this petition, and  contact your member of the Board of Supervisors and ask him or her to purchase the golf course and restore vital salmon habitat.

Jerry Meral
1,674 supporters