Cascade Locks, OR
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Working with you and its other partners, Food & Water Watch is heating up the Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge! Campaign. With your help we’ll stop Nestlé from building its wasteful water bottling facility in the Columbia River Gorge.
Why We Are On the Ground With You:
Nestlé has taken water from numerous U.S. communities for little or no compensation, bottled and sold it – for billions of dollars in profit – and then dumped the environmental and other costs onto society. Now the company wants to open up a massive facility where it would bottle both its Arrowhead and Nestlé Pure Life brands of water – spring and well water respectively.
Food & Water Watch’s team for this essential effort to keep the facility out of the Gorge includes:
- Alliance for Democracy
- Environment Oregon
- Trout Unlimited
- Columbia Group Sierra Club
- Columbia Riverkeeper
The Nitty Gritty:
Nestlé wants to bottle water from Oxbow Springs, which is currently used by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for a fish hatchery. Since ODFW holds the water rights, the only way Nestlé can gain access to the coveted spring water is if ODFW exchanges some of its water with the City of Cascade Locks, allowing the City to sell the water to Nestlé for a fraction of a penny per gallon. If the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife decides to not move forward with the water rights exchange (a year long process currently under way), it could stop Nestlé in its tracks. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is a public agency; the water belongs to every Oregonian.
Help protect this precious resource for future generations and keep Oregon water for Oregonians by signing our petition asking Governor Kitzhaber to stop ODFW from moving forward with this exchange that would facilitate the creation of the first Nestlé water bottling facility in the Northwest. Ultimately the state agency answers to Governor Kitzhaber and that’s why we are demanding that he take action to protect Oregon’s water for Oregonians!
Together the Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge Coalition has succeeded in getting nearly 30,000 Oregonians to ask the governor to stop Nestlé. Every additional voice matters.