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Keep Nestlé Water Bottling Plant out of the Columbia River Gorge

Keep Nestlé Water Bottling Plant out of the Columbia River Gorge

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Nestlé Waters is determined to build and operate a water bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks, seeking to bottle and sell essential spring water resources.
Nestlé Waters is determined to build and operate a water bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks, seeking to bottle and sell essential spring water resources.

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Published by: Food and Water Watch on Apr 23, 2013
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Now, Neslé Waers is deermined o build and operaea waer botling plan in he Columbia River Gorge owno Cascade Locks,
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seeking o botle and sell essenialspring waer resources or is Arrowhead brand, as wellas municipal waer or is Pure Lie brand.
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 A Rundown on Nestlé’s BottlingProposal for the Columbia River Gorge
To supply waer or is Arrowhead brand, Neslé wouldexrac approximaely 100 million gallons o spring waerper year rom a spring ha he Oregon Deparmen o Fish and Wildlie (ODFW) mainains or a ish hachery
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 ha raises endangered salmon.
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I ODFW agrees o his“waer exchange,” hen he company would be chargedhe sandard municipal waer rae or he spring waerand ODFW would insead use municipal well waer orhe sae-owned hachery
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— only o resell he waer inwaseul plasic botles, which can cos housands imesmore money han drinking i rom he ap in he irsplace.
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Cascade Locks’ municipal ap waer, which is sourcedrom groundwaer,
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would supply Neslé’s Pure Liebrand and replace he waer wihdrawn rom he hach-ery spring,
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oaling around 157 million gallons o waerpumped annually.
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As one analysis o he proposed planpoins ou, “The long-erm capaciy o he ciy’s ground-waer o supply his much waer is uncerain, especiallyin ligh o climaic changes ha are expeced o impac
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ulinaional waer botling companies have creaed a marke ha capializes onhe alse premise ha botled waer is somehow beter and purer han ap waer.This misconcepion is largely he resul o crafy markeing acics,
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despie he ac hahe U.S. ederal governmen requires more rigorous saey monioring o municipal apwaer han i does o botled waer.
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PHOTO CC-BY © FRANK KOVALCHEK / FLICKR.COM
 
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hydrological cycles.”
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Overall, his deal could jeopardizelocal supply, and he pumping operaions could harm heenvironmen and naural resources ha he communiymay rely on or local uses, arming or residenial recre-aion.
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 and Community Discord
Batles beween owns and Neslé have disruped har-mony in communiies across he Unied Saes, rangingrom Caliornia,
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o Michigan,
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o Maine.
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Cascade Locks locals have been promised jobs and aboos o he local economy.
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Bu i hese jobs are any-hing like jobs promised o McCloud, Cali., in a previousbotling plan proposal, hey could all below he easibleliving wage.
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Indeed, he social and environmenal cossor naural resources and local economies o a botlingaciliy can come a he expense o he residens and ohe benei o he company.
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Roughly 10 years ago, Neslé ried o engineer a deal inMcCloud, which would have paid abou one cen per123 gallons o mine and hen botle he area’s groundwa-er — $0.00008 per gallon.
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By comparison, he averagesae rae or municipal use o groundwaer was one cenper 40 gallons.
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Finally, afer pressure rom ciizens inhe 1,300-person own who go wind o he deal, Nesléwihdrew is proposal o botle spring waer in McCloudin Sepember 2009.
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Many communiies have had no opion bu o go ocour o ry o proec heir waer rom corporae waerbotlers. These legal batles can be exremely expensiveand ime consuming,
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and waer botling schemes haveorn owns apar.
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In Mecosa Couny, Mich., Neslésaid ha i is botling plan was unwaned, i wouldleave; bu his ended up being unrue.
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The commu-niy resored o raising money o ake Neslé o cour.
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 Even hough he sae Supreme Cour ruled in avor o Neslé,
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he plainis coninued o voice hemselves, andevenually he wo paries setled ou o cour afer ap-proximaely nine years o conlic.
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Despie setling opump a lower raes, Neslé is sill able o keep is planin a own ha so adamanly waned he company ou.
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Potential Impacts to the Environmentand Finite Water Resources
Groundwaer sources are ofen conneced o suracewaers,
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and when an aquier is over-pumped, he waerlevels o a conneced surace waer body can all andwaer lows can change.
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Large-scale groundwaer ex-racion, such as or waer botling plans, can reducehe availabiliy o local groundwaer and surace waersources.
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In ac, afer Neslé began pumping ground-waer rom a Michigan aquier, waer lows in connecedsurace waers ell o he poin ha mud las devel-oped.
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 In Oregon, he proposed waer exracion may aec heish ha depend on he Columbia River and he overallgroundwaer and hydrological sysem. As saed in aU.S. Geological Survey repor, “changes in he nauralineracion o ground waer and surace waer caused byhuman aciviies can poenially have a signiican eecon aquaic environmens.”
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 Moreover, hrough Neslé’s own admission, he proposalor he Columbia River Gorge plan would increase ra-ic up o 200 ruck rips a day,
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which could be o hederimen o Oregon axpayers who would pay or roadupgrades.
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Transporing he botled waer spews carbondioxide ino he air,
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complicaing eors o comba cli-mae change.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLI PENNINGTON / KELLIPENNINGTON.COM
 
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 YOU Can Help Protect the Cascade Locks
In Oregon, by law, all waer belongs o he public.
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 Furhermore, his waer exchange would go agains heWaer Resources Deparmen’s mission o “resore andproec sreamlows and waersheds in order o ensurehe long-erm susainabiliy o Oregon’s ecosysems,economy, and qualiy o lie.”
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The waer in quesion should be proeced or he beneio all Oregonians, raher han given away a axpayer-subsidized raes by he sae or Neslé’s personal proi.The people o Oregon should no allow he prois o amulinaional botled waer company o ake precedence,and eleced oicials should proec Oregon’s essenialspring, ground and surace waers by no allowing hisplan o go orward.
Therefore, We Urge You to Take Action:
Are you concerned abou Neslé’s plan o botle Oregon’sspring waer? You can help sop Neslé by signing a pe-iion ha asks Governor Kizhaber o ell ODFW noo ollow hrough wih a waer exchange ha would leNeslé botle and sell public waer.
You can conac he Governor direcly via email,leter or phone:
Email Governor Kizhaber, asking him o say no oNeslé, a
htp://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/ShareYourOpinion.aspx
, or call him a 503-378-4582.
Send he governor a leter:
Governor KizhaberAtn: Ciizens’ Represenaive160 Sae Capiol900 Cour S.Salem, OR 97301
Send Oregon Deparmen of Fish and Wildlifea message elling hem o sop he exchangeand o say no o Neslé
 
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:
 odfw.commission@coho2.dfw.sae.or.us
, or callhem a 503-947-6000.
Learn More and Stay Informed 
Visi our blog a
keepnesleou.wordpress.com
,and join us on Facebook a
acebook.com/groups/keepnesleou
.
Contact us!
To learn more or ge involved, please conac Julia DeGraw, Norhwes Organizer, a
 jdegraw@fwwach.org
or 971-266-4528.
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