This project involves lead discharge to the Russian River, a source of drinking water for Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation (Mateel) is currently engaged in a Proposition 65 discharge-to-drinking water enforcement action against the Ukiah Rifle & Pistol Club who operates a large shooting range on a hillside above Sulphur Creek, a tributary to the Russian River. Mateel has determined that lead pellets at the Club cover about a half-acre area in size at a depth of two inches. Given the amount of material on the ground, it is extremely likely that lead is leaching into Sulphur Creek and subsequently the Russian River water supply. Mateel’s strategy is to force the Gun Club to remove the lead from the shooting ranges and build structural controls to prevent future discharges of lead into the creek via stormwater leaching. It’s likely that the case will go to trial given that the remedy will be expensive. Mateel will use the funds for lab analyses, expert reports and testimony, trial exhibits, and courtroom technology. Since litigation costs may potentially be reimbursed, Mateel will return to the Rose Foundation whatever portion of the grant that is repaid by Defendant if Mateel prevails.
Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation
Ukiah Rifle & Pistol Club
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2019
Toxics/Environmental Health and Justice