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Sun Oct 4 2015 (Updated 10/05/15)
Battle to Prevent Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant in Mt. Shasta
Winnemem Wintu Chief Leads 'Water. Every Drop Is Sacred' Rally and March
Small cascades of cold, pristine water rush out of the hillside at Big Springs, the headwaters of the Sacramento River, as they converge in a clear and shallow pool located in the Mount Shasta City Park.

On September 26, as people hiked to and relaxed besides Big Springs, Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and hundreds of environmentalists and activists from all over California and Oregon held a rally, the “Water Every Drop Sacred” event, in the scenic park at the Sacramento River headwaters. After the rally ended, Sisk and tribal members led a march and protest of 160 people to the water bottling plant.

The Tribe is opposed to the planned opening of the plant, closed after it was operated by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company and other corporations for years, in accordance with its commitment to protect and preserve the Headwaters of the river, the Mount Shasta watershed and sacred tribal lands.

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See Also: Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center || Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
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