Pala Band of Mission Indians Publishes Video to Save Gregory Canyon

March 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                       CONTACT:        Doug Elmets
March 14, 2011                                                                 (916) 329-9180

PALA, CA  – With decisions looming regarding several key permits for the proposed dump in Gregory Canyon in North East San Diego County, the Pala Band of Mission Indians has produced a video to tell the story of why it is essential to protect the sacredness of this important cultural site. You can view the video at 

“It was important for us to create this video because it is the best way for us to share with the public why Gregory Canyon must be saved,” said Robert Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “It is easy for people to ignore the beauty of Gregory Canyon when they have not seen it, but the beauty of this pristine canyon; the ancient native drawings; and the rare North County Golden Eagle soaring above, not to mention the visual of how easy it is for the drinking water to be contaminated, are impossible to ignore. We know that not everyone can visit Gregory Canyon, but we hope that everyone will take a few moments to watch the video to see why so many people are fighting hard to protect it.”

The video features stunning images of the untouched canyon, the San Luis Rey River and the wildlife that exists in Gregory Canyon. The video also includes interviews from San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, local residents, and Pala Chairman Robert Smith. 

The proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill project would be built on the bank of the San Luis Rey River and threatens both surface and ground water, as well as a potential compromise of the two major San Diego County Water Authority pipelines. There are also 39 endangered and sensitive species that call Gregory Canyon home.

At a recent public information meeting held by San Diego County Department of Environmental Health’s Local Enforcement Agency (LEA), hundreds of residents showed up to tell the County why they should reject the application for a Solid Waste Disposal permit. The LEA is due to make a decision on the permit by April 1, 2011.

Even with approval from the LEA, the landfill will have to obtain permits from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, California Department of Fish and Game and United States Army Corps of Engineers (including consultation with United States Fish and Wildlife Service.)

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