Help to realize the human right to water!
What are human rights and how do they relate to water?
- Read the Human Rights Summary by International Human Rights Law Clinic, UC Berkeley School of Law
- Read the Spanish translation: Los Derechos Humanos en los Estados Unidos y El Derecho Humano al Agua
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.
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
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
- “Shasta Reservoir Study Branded a Sham”, September 30, 2014 – press release from Environmental Water Caucus
- Environmental Water Caucus’s Comment Letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the raising of the Shasta Dam. September 30, 2014
- Dancing Salmon Home – award winning video
How you can help:
- Sign the Petition Supporting the Winnemem Wintu Cultural Survival
- Connect with the campaign
- Request postcards for your organization to support Winnemem Wintu Cultural Survival – write to email@example.com