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Water Dispute Simmering In Siskiyou County

An article appeared in the New York Times on Saturday that details the deteriorating relationship between the town of Weed and the Roseburg Lumber Company. Much of the water for weed’s 2700 residents comes from a spring in a forest on the edge of town that belongs to Roseburg. For the last 50 years the city has paid One Dollar a year for the water from Beaughan Spring. Now that water has become a premium and finite commodity in Northern California, the city is now being billed nearly a Hundred Thousand Dollars a year for that same supply. The tap may soon be shut off completely as Roseburg officials have told the city that they need to start actively looking for another source. It’s unclear why, but a large portion of water from the spring is already being sold to the Crystal Geyser Company, which has been bottling it since the mid-90s and shipping most of it to Japan. Some Weed residents want to fight for the water, saying that the former owner, International Paper, handed over water rights to the city in 1982. The issue might end up being decided in court.