Published September 15, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The Winnemem Wintu Tribe and allies from far away as Hawaii protested outside the Sacrmento Convention Center during the 2017 League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo on Thursday, September 14, 2017 as part of the Run4Salmon that is making its way through parts California.
Among the allies was Holly Andrade Blair, council member, City of Lemoore, California.
“We are being nickled and dimed with this filtration plant here, we need a new well here, things like that it adds up. They are like water barons,We have five or six families that own the majority of the water rights in our area, they either own the land where the water aquafers are coming from and are pumping it out,” says Blair.
“What they do, they are not using it for there own self, they live miles and miles away, they just want to take the water and sell it elsewhere so what they are doing is take rge water out of our aguafere and they use the pipe that they own and move it down to Los Angeles area where they will sell it,” continues Blair. “It to the highest bidder but in the end that water is being drained from my area.”
“Do you think the mayors have had adequate input into the governer’s fix?” asks Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk.
“No. we have not. I do not think we have been at the table long enouvh. We need more local control, SIGMA boards which is Sustainability Water Management plan, we need more local entities getting together because whats affecting our area might be different in other areas,” says Blair.