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We interview Jesus Alonso and Ngodoo Atume from Clean Water Action in California. Ngodoo is a Senior Water Policy Analyst and Jesus serves as Clean Water Action’s Kern County Gas and Oil Organizer. We learn about California’s Central Valley communities that do not have safe drinking water, some that have to pay for contaminated water, and others wh…
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This is part 2 of a 2-part interview with Food and Water Watch (FWW) and the second in our Fossil Fuels Series. In this episode, we interview (FWW) National Policy Director, Jim Walsh, and Tomás Morales Rebecchi, California's Central Coast Organizing Manager. They continue to discuss current issues with the oil and gas industry and its impacts on o…
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This is part 1 of a 2-part interview with Food and Water Watch (FWW) and the first in our Fossil Fuels Series. In this episode, we interview (FWW) National Policy Director, Jim Walsh, and Tomás Morales Rebecchi, California's Central Coast Organizing Manager, they catch us up to speed on the oil and gas industry and its impact on our clean water and…
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In this episode, we interview Laurel Firestone, a member of the State Water Resources Control Board. We learn about the organization and its work to ensure that every person in the state has a right to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water. We discuss how far we still have to go to meet California's Human Right to Water. Governor Gavin Newsom …
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In this episode, we interview Danielle Frank, a Hoopa Valley Tribal Member, activist, and youth coordinator with Save California Salmon. Danielle shares her story of growing up in Hoopa Valley along the banks of the Trinity River near its confluence with the Klamath River. We hear how speaking up for her beliefs, community, and way of life helped h…
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In this episode, we follow up with Clifford Lee, retired Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. We dive deeper into water policy and hear about critical changes needed to protect our most valuable resource: water! We are faced with a 27-year delay in the adoption of new scientific recommendations and species protections …
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Currently, California is on track to lose most if not all native fish species within this century if we don't adapt to climate change. We talk with Clifford Lee; retired deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice who served the state for 40 years. Clifford shares his expertise and recommendations for updating California's wat…
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Keith Parker, Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Yurok Tribe explains some of the basics that make up a healthy fishery and river ecosystem. We learn about the different salmon runs and basic salmon genetics. He shares his background in Indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science and how together they inform the Klamath Dam Removal process.…
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In this episode, we interview Doug Obegi, Senior Attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Doug shares his expertise about the history of our archaic and inequitable water rights system and how protections for fish and wildlife, and the tribes, fishing jobs, and communities that depend on these environmental protections, are constantly …
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We follow up with hereditary Chief Caleen Sisk about the expansive watershed of the Sacramento River from the headwaters of the Winnemem Waywayket all the way to the Bay-Delta and the Pacific Ocean. We learn about the history of this once epic fishery and what it will take to bring the Salmon back home over the Shasta rim dam, and how New Zealand c…
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In this episode, we hear from hereditary Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. Their tribal homelands encompass the Winnemem Waywaket (McCloud River) and much of the land now flooded by the Shasta Reservoir, California's largest. The Winnemum Wintu's resistance story exemplifies many of the inequities in California's land and water rights.…
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Dr. Beth Rose Middleton Manning is a Professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis. In this episode, we learn about water rights in California and how Native lands and communities have been treated as sacrifice zones for national priorities of irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric development. Beth Rose shares her research on the North Fo…
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A call to action from Morning Star Gali, a member of the Ajumawi band of Pit River Tribe. This episode is dedicated to Native American Heritage Month and focuses on Native resistance, justice, and action in California. Join Save California Salmon (SCS) with Native Communities in the fight for our environment and engage in public comments on importa…
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We talk with Glen Spain, the North West Regional Director for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA). Glen shares his experience over the last 40 years working with the Klamath Basin. We hear about how the community has come together to address critical concerns from farmers, landowners and cities, and how they've found a …
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Brook Thompson (She/Her) is a Yurok and Karuk Native from Northern California. Growing up she lived and fished on the same land that her ancestors have been on for over 12,000 years. Brook fights for water and Native American rights through speaking to groups and frontline activism. She has been an intern for the City of Portland’s BES and the Sena…
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In this episode, we interview Dr. Cutcha Rising Baldy (Hupa, Karuk, Yurok, enrolled Hoopa Valley Tribe) Department Chair and Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Cutcha shares her unique perspective growing up in the Trinity and Klamath River Basin. Her personal stories inspire us to follow the example of the…
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The Klamath River is slated to be the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States. Removing these dams will open up over 400 miles of salmon, trout, and eel habitat. Find out what's at stake and what it takes to protect a watershed. In this episode, we interview Regina Chichizola (she/her), Co-director of Save California Salmon.…
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