McCloud River | Photo by Cal Trout
McCloud River | Photo by Cal Trout

#7: McCloud River, CA

Threat: Dam

Raising the height of Shasta Dam would flood more than 5,000 acres of forest and riverside habitat, including 39 sacred sites of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

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Building tribal huts along the McCloud River | Photo by Christopher McLeod

Photo by Christopher McLeod

The McCloud River, which is protected from dams by the state Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, is one of California’s natural treasures. It is home to the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who depend on the river for their culture, religion and identity. The river’s health and the tribe’s cultural values are threatened by raising the height of Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet, which would drown vital habitat, riverside lands and numerous sacred sites. To protect the river and the tribe’s way of life, the Biden administration must overturn the Trump administration’s plan to raise the height of the dam.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Winnemem Wintu Tribe
  • Friends of the River
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