Gregory Canyon is a beautiful undeveloped canyon on the banks of the San Luis Rey River in rural San Diego County. Formed along the western flank of Gregory Mountain, the canyon and its intermittent stream provide critical habitat to endangered plants and animals. In addition, the canyon, the mountain, and surrounding sites are areas of immeasurable cultural and sacred importance to Native Americans.
The developers of the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill want to bury more than 30 million tons of garbage in Gregory Canyon, on top of a fractured bedrock aquifer and next to a river and aquifer that supply vital drinking water to communities in the North County. Adding insult to injury, the garbage would be piled more than 500 feet high, covering the entire canyon and its village site as well as the side of Gregory Mountain, “Chokla” to Native Americans and one of the resting places of a venerated Luiseño spirit. Next to the proposed landfill is Medicine Rock, a 60-foot high monolith covered with sacred paintings known as pictographs, left there by ancient ancestors.
Constructing the proposed dump in Gregory Canyon would be a disaster that would irretrievably damage both the environment and cultural and sacred sites.
Join the many opponents of the dump to stop this terrible project and prevent a cultural and environmental tragedy.
IT'S OVER! The Pala Band of Mission Indians has purchased Gregory Mountain and Gregory Canyon, bringing the fight over the Gregory Canyon Landfill to an end! Click on NEWS to read the press release!
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GCL, LLC and Pala Band of Mission Indians Come Together to End Decades-Long Dispute Over Proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill
After a decades-long battle, Pala has purchased Gregory Mountain and Gregory Canyon and ended plans for the Gregory Canyon Landfill.