Northern California’s McCloud River is home to the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, which has relied on and cared for the river since time immemorial. Just downstream of the McCloud River, former President Trump’s Secretary of the Interior advanced plans to increase the height of Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet and to expand the associated impoundment by more than 200 billion gallons. The construction of Shasta Dam in 1945 devastated the Tribe’s way of life, displaced tribal members and flooded ancestral lands, burial grounds and most of the Tribe’s sacred cultural sites. The giant dam stopped salmon from returning to their spawning grounds in the heart of Winnemem territory.
The proposed increase of Shasta Dam’s height would severely impact the Tribe’s ability to practice their culture and religion by either permanently or seasonally flooding approximately 39 sacred sites along the McCloud River. Further, increasing the height of the dam would cost taxpayers at least $1.4 billion and would flood more than 5,000 acres of forest and riverside habitat (on top of what was already destroyed during the dam’s original building).
Please join us in asking the new Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, to stop the process of raising of the height of Shasta Dam before it significantly impacts the river’s health and the culture, religion and identity of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.
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