The Smith River Community Health Assessment (available here) is the result of a survey mailed earlier this year by Siskiyou Land Conservancy to all residents of the isolated California town of Smith River, which lies near the estuary of the Wild and Scenic Smith River just a few miles south of the Oregon border.
Reviewing reports issued by the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board will get a person quickly into the weeds of what’s really going on at the Smith River estuary. Suffice it to day that, given the Smith River’s status as one of the cleanest rivers in the world and its national importance as Read More
Since 2011 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been surveying the Smith River watershed the determine the extent of coho salmon populations and their habitat. This work is unprecedented and has demonstrated the importance of the Smith River estuary in maintaining coho populations not only in the Smith River, but throughout California and Read More
Easter lily farmers in Smith River use an enormous amount of “bad actor” pesticides to grow their crops. These are chemicals that have demonstrated significant adverse impacts to the environment, and to human populations. The first document below is a list of pesticides used in Smith River and their impacts to humans and the environment Read More
In 2002 the Smith River Project, predecessor of Siskiyou Land Conservancy, commissioned the Center for Ethics and Toxics to conduct an evaluation of the extent of pesticide use by Easter lily farmers on bottom lands surrounding the Smith River estuary. CETOS also set out to analyze the potential impacts of these pesticides on the biological Read More
The written information about the Smith River watershed is as important as it is exhaustive. The following information has been generated by state, federal, private and non-profit organizations. Most of the following information focuses on the Smith River estuary. However some material — such as the state of California’s first-ever survey of the Smith River’s Read More