Help to realize the human right to water!

What are human rights and how do they relate to water?

State Actions

Human Right to Water Principles are Essential to any Water Bond

Excessive bond payments can jeopardize funding of essential health, education and safety net services needed by disadvantaged communities. Therefore, any water bond that is put before voters, must include significant funds to realize these principles:

  • Ensure equal access to funding for disadvantaged communities facing water deficiencies without discrimination, including from needlessly cumbersome and costly administrative procedures.
  • Ensure meaningful participation by affected communities in decision making, supported by positive outreach efforts.
  • Require consideration of the human right to water in funding projects by giving preference to those that advance this right and refraining from those that restrain it.
  • Monitor projects and account for how they further the human right to water.
  • Respect CA tribes historical and cultural uses of water.

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Chart Comparing Proposed Water Bonds and Human Right to Water Principles

Statewide Groundwater Management Reform is Badly Needed in California

We urge four major priorities in the development of new statewide groundwater management regulations:

  • The implementation of the human right to water
  • The integration of water supply and water quality management
  • Ensuring representation from impacted communities in regional and statewide planning efforts; and
  • Robust and transparent data collection and management

Sign the Community Water Center Petition for Groundwater Management Reform!

More information: Community Water Center

National Action – Support Winnemem Wintu Cultural Survival

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s  ancestral land is along the McCloud River. 90% of it was inundated by the reservoir created when the Shasta Dam was built. The proposal to raise the Shasta Dam to 18.5 feet would inundate most of their remaining ceremonial sites and sacred pools, threatening their cultural survival.   “We cannot survive the flooding of our people a second time…Raising the Shasta Dam would essentially end our ability to  practice our culture and religion.”  – Chief Caleen Sisk

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