PALA - Members of several regional Native American tribes and other opponents plan on attending the Army Corps of Engineers permit application meeting tomorrow evening pertaining to the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill project, which would be located just east of Interstate 15 off State Route 76 in the Fallbrook/Pala area.
The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at the City of San Marcos Senior Center Horizon Room, 111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos, will be held to help determine whether the landfill will be permitted under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
Robert Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and LaVonne Peck, Tribal Chair of the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, will be joined by members of Environmental Watch, the Sierra Club and River Watch, as well as other concerned groups and individuals at the meeting to try and stop the permit issuance and prevent what they say would bring "contamination to the region’s natural water supply that runs through the canyon."
"This is the only permit that can stop the project to preserve Gregory Canyon and prevent a dump from being built in this pristine ecosystem," opponents say.
The proposed landfill is reported to be located on top of a pilgrimage site sacred to several Southern California Indian Tribes, and tribal members feel it "would irrevocably damage several other sacred landmarks, including the San Luis Rey River, for which the Pala Band is named." All of the sites are listed in the Sacred Lands File with the Native American Heritage Council.
The Pala Band along with Barona, Cahiulla, Campo, Chemehuevi, Ewiiaapaayp, Inaja, Jamul, La Jolla, La Posta, Los Coyotes, Manzanita, Mesa Grande, Pauma, Rincon, San Pasqual, Santa Ysabel, Sycuan and Viejas Indians have all expressed opposition to the proposed landfill.
Opponents have posted a Web site - http://www.savegregorycanyon.org.