A big rig loaded with Castle Rock Spring Water is headed east on Tuesday night on its way to East Palestine, Ohio where a train derailed and dumped thousands of gallons of hazardous chemicals.
That struck a chord with people in Dunsmuir. They either remember, or have heard stories, of the Cantara Loop Spill in July 1991 that dumped more than 19,000 gallons of toxic herbicide into the Sacramento River, killing fish, wildlife and plants for a more than 20-mile stretch to Shasta Lake.
So the owners of Castle Rock Water Co., Kit and David Marshall, loaded a truck and trailer, donated by Uber, with bottled spring water and sent it on its journey, more than 2,500 miles, to East Palestine, Ohio.
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They're doing it for a couple of reasons. "Partly, because of the memory that people have, here, about the pesticides spill from 30 years ago and they relate to it. And then, the other reason is, this is the best water in the world. It has won the best water in the world award. So it really, seriously is the best water," Kit said.
It's a partnership between Castle Rock and the City of Dunsmuir, City Manager Dustin Rief says, "The City of Dunsmuir, and the council, they're really excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Castle Rock Water and being able to support East Palestine and their tragedy. We've gone through the same tragedy, here. I wasn't here when that happened, but the stories...[are] starting to come out more and more as there's been more news media on the other side of the country."
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The twin tragedies have forged a bond between two small communities that have a strong connection to railroads.
"The bonding has been so fun because—I, in fact, I just sent a message saying, 'the truck is here! It's on its way!' Of course, almost no one really hears about Dunsmuir, California. And yet, here we are with our hands across the country," Kit said.
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And so, away they went. Two drivers who will trade off expecting to deliver the water to East Palestine this Friday.
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