News From Native California Volume 31, Issue 3 - Page 37

CALIF ORNIA NEEDS OUR HELP PALM SPRINGS– The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are fighting the Desert Water Agency to manage their own groundwater. THERMAL– The groundwater for the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla has been polluted for more than twelve years. Half of the reservation suf- fers from perchlorate contamination, while the other half is dealing with arsenic in the water supply. KLAMATH– Damming along the Klamath River has impacted the river so severely that the summer of 2017 saw the lowest return of salmon in recorded history. GILROY– The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is fighting the proposed Sar- gent Quarry Project. The land that is being threatened by the quarry, known as Juristac in the Mutsun lan- guage, is of immense cultural, his- torical, environmental, and spiritual importance to the band. For more information about the tribe’s efforts, visit BERKELEY– Three Ohlone family bands have opposed the 2.2- acre development of a project that includes 155 apartments, about thirty thousand square feet of stores and restaurants, and a six-level parking garage on the site of the West Berkeley Shellmound at 1900 Fourth Street. A MAP OF TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES LAYTONVILLE– Laytonville Rancheria is currently dealing with environmental and health issues related to Openburn Dump/Permit- ted Class II Landfill. NEEDLES– The Hualapai Tribe, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribe, Fort Yuma-Quechan Indian Tribe, and the Cocopah Indian Tribe are all dealing with the cleanup of a PG&E compressor station located on land they consider sacred. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA– Delta Tunnels Project will impact tribal fisheries. Also, improper assessment of impacts to Tribal Cultural Resources in the Sacramento Valley. SAN ONOFRE BEACH– The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been a point of contention for regional tribes since construction began in the 1960s. Ongoing issues include waste storage and safety. SALTON SEA– For decades the Salton Sea has been contaminated with agricultural runoff water which has caused massive fish and bird die offs. Several efforts have been made over the years with multiple plans, but nothing has led to ecological recov- ery. Now that there is no longer this runoff water filling the sea, the con- cern is that the basin will dry up and cause an air quality crisis. SPR IN G 2 018 ▼ 35