Mount Shasta City Fined $1.3 Million For Waste Water Violations

Mount Shasta City has agreed to pay a large fine for repeatedly allowing sewage to spill from their wastewater treatment plant. The State Water Resources Control Board says that between October of 2014 and April of 2017, a buildup of debris and root intrusion from aging infrastructure caused repeated overflows. The worst incident was in 2017 when channel bank erosion at a pipe crossing caused failure of the pipe and a major sewage spill into Cold Creek, which flows directly into the usually pristine waters of Lake Siskiyou. The city will pay $1.3 Million Dollars, with most of the money going toward upgrading the collection system in the downtown area to reduce the likelihood of overflows in the future.