Earth Island Institute logo, tap or click to visit the Institute home page

Go Back: Home > Earth Island Journal > Latest News

Small Northern California Town Taking On Timber Giant for the Right to Local Water – February 9, 2017

Residents are engaged in a legal battle with company that has told them to find water elsewhere

For 107 years, residents of Weed, California, a picturesque hamlet nestled against the flanks of snow-capped Mt. Shasta, have been drinking water from nearby Beaughan Spring. The water is so pure it flows straight to their faucets; no treatment is necessary. Locals take gallon jugs of it with them when they leave town.

photo of Weed, CaliforniaPhoto by Don Barrett, Flickr The Roseburg Forest Products mill in Weed, California. The timber giant, which asserts ownership over a local spring, has told the city to find a new source of water.

But Roseburg Forest Products (RFP), the Oregon-based timber giant that… more

by: Leonie Sherman

(1) Comments

View Posts by Date View Posts by Author

Subscribe
Today

Four issues for just
$10 a year.

cover thumbnail EIJ

Join Now!

 

0.1675