On the afternoon of Friday, February 8th nearly 200 Oregonians put on their finest red clothing and joined Bark and the Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge Coalition in Lower MacLeay Park to take a stand against Nestlé’s grab at public water resources in the Columbia River Gorge. After laying giant letters across the soggy grass to spell the word ‘Nestlé,’ the crowd came together to create a red circle around it. Then a line of people situated themselves across the circle, creating a clear message: “No Nestle!” Photographers were stationed on the bridge above the park to capture the image of this one of a kind, 60 foot diameter anti-Nestlé symbol.
The state of Oregon is responsible for processing the permits Nestlé needs to establish its proposed bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge. Friday’s community action serves as a powerful message to state decision makers that the public is NOT in support of giving public water from Mt. Hood to Nestlé. Plus, we had a blast, and took some really amazing photos!
In addition to this ‘aerial art mob’ action in the park, Friday’s Day of Action also saw dozens brave the morning cold to hold signs along the Hawthorne Bridge and raise awareness among morning commuters. And hundreds of you sent messages to your legislators and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to explain your opposition to Nestlé’s proposal. If you missed the fun on Friday, you can still take action here.
Thank you to the Portland Raging Grannies for providing us with musical entertainment, Kelli Pennington for her photography, and everyone who helped out by spreading the word, calling the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, holding signs on the bridge, bringing red clothing to share, or just taking the time out of your busy day to show up! You rock!
Can’t make it to the Aerial Art Mob today at noon?
Make A Quick Phone Call to Stop Nestlé from Taking Our Water
Make the Call Now: 866-942-5138
One state agency can keep Nestlé from potentially bottling and selling our water but up until now, it has shut out Oregonians’ voices. Enough is enough.
Please call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) at 866-942-5138 right now and demand that it protects Oregon’s water from Nestlé?
Making the call is easy: simply dial 866-942-5138 to hear a short message from Food and Water Watch. Then, you will be connected to the ODFW main desk and you can share your version of the following message:
“As an Oregonian, I am very troubled by the lack of public comment you have attempted to seek on the Nestlé issue. I am deeply opposed to the water exchange that could allow Nestlé to bottle and sell our state’s water and I urge you to stop the water exchange process today.”
We know that ODFW has the power to keep Nestlé’s out of Oregon. We have been asking the agency to put the issue up for public discussion, but rather than hear from us, ODFW has canceled the past two opportunities for the public to weigh in. Will you join hundreds of Oregonians in calling ODFW at 866-942-5138 today to tell the agency to say no to the Nestlé water exchange?
Make the call to protect your water from Nestlé today: 866-942-5138
Friday, February 8th at 12pm
Lower Macleay Park at 29th and Upshur St
We’re taking a stand against Nestlé’s water bottling proposal for the Columbia River Gorge on February 8th in Portland! Join us for a day of action and Aerial Art Mob against Nestlé!
Create human-powered aerial art to send the message to the Governor and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) to say ‘No’ to a Nestlé water bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge!
Call on your state agency, ODFW, to stop cutting the public out of its controversial decision to pursue a water exchange that would let Nestlé bottle public water!
Have fun with fellow concerned Oregonians who want to keep a Nestlé bottling plant out of Oregon!
Morning rush hour bridge action: 7:30 until 9:00am we will hold signs on the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge (at SE Madison and Grande Ave). Drop by, grab a sign, and help spread the word. Signs and donuts provided!
Then join us for an Aerial Art Mob at noon, at the Lower MacCleay Park (NW Upshur and NW 29th):
Take an hour of your day to help create some amazing aerial artwork, get updated on the campaign to keep Nestlé out of the Gorge, and call ODFW to demand they stop doing Nestlé’s bidding. We will arrange ourselves into a huge ‘No Nestlé’ symbol (that’s why we need you to wear red!) and take photos from above to help spread the word about this crucial issue.
For the noon action: come dressed in red – it will help make the image powerful! Bring an extra red shirt(s) if you can in case we need them.
Carpools can be arranged if necessary. For more information email or call jdegraw(at)fwwatch.org or 971-266-4528.
URGENT UPDATE: In a rare move the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is blocking the public’s voice in its upcoming Commission meeting in Portland.
After learning that anti-Nestlé activists planned to testify at the December 7th Commission Meeting in opposition to the ODFW’s involvement with Nestlé, the Commission decided last week to bar us from speaking by canceling the public forum on the meeting agenda. We will not let them silence us! Take action today. Help us ensure that the Nestlé Water Bottling Plant is included in the ODFW Commission’s February meeting agenda and plan to join us in February 8th to hold ODFW accountable for its role in the Nestlé proposal.
Go to www.bark-out.org and click on “Anti-Nestlé activists blocked from meeting” to learn more and take action.You should also call the ODFW Commission to express your disappointment and to demand they put us on the agenda for their February meeting: it’s high time they listened to us (dial ’0’ to talk to a person):
Main Phone (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW 
Facebook Event Page
Join us at the ODFW Commission Meeting
Tell them “Don’t take Nestlé’s bait.”
Friday December 7th, 7:30am-9am
Airport Holiday Inn
8439 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland
Nestlé is trying to bait the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) into “exchanging” publicly owned water (our water) so that Nestlé can bottle it and make millions.
The ODFW Commission is the boss of the agency’s director Roy Elicker, and can stop Nestlé by simply withdrawing the permits that would allow Nestlé to profit off of public water.
Join us to stand in solidarity as individuals testify to the Commission with this message: Nestlé Waters is NOT welcome in our state and ODFW should NOT get into the bottled water industry.
Bark will provide coffee and donuts and is organizing a carpool. RSVP at this link for more info or to help!
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On Wednesday, August 1st, a group of 20 ultra-runners trekked through the 50-mile width and over 4,000-foot depth of the Columbia River Gorge to support the Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge Campaign. The run was organized by some amazing individuals who felt passionate enough about the issue to use their physical endurance to raise awareness about Nestlé’s plans to bottle and sell water from the Gorge. They believe the Gorge is a sacred place and should be protected from the exploitation of the water-bottling giant.
The runners began their trip at approximately 7:00 am in Cascade Locks and followed the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon up to the Chinedere Mountain. As they came back through Cascade Locks, a group of 40 supporters was there to cheer on their efforts near the Bridge of the Gods. The runners took a short break to have their pictures taken with the supporters holding signs and a 40-foot “Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge” banner discuss the issue with their allies, refuel on some snacks and refreshing tap water before heading back up the Washington side of the Gorge to the summit of Table Mountain. The run ended in Cascade Locks around 7:30 pm and the ultra-runners, along with some of the supporters, gathered in Stevenson Washington to celebrate their feat.
Run participants also sought to raise awareness about the many products owned by Nestlé including two running staples: bottled water and PowerBar. Bringing their own water, which they occasionally filled up in the springs of the Gorge, they proved that bottled water is, indeed, unnecessary for major run events.
The Keep Nestlé out of the Gorge Coalition hopes to continue supporting unique efforts by Oregonians opposing Nestlé’s water bottling plans. Groups will continue targeting Governor Kitzhaber, demanding that he put a stop to the potential giveaway of Oregon’s water.
The Rally was a big success! On Tuesday, June 26th, 300 Oregonians gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza to tell Governor Kitzhaber that no stance is not an option when it comes to Nestlé’s proposed water bottling facility. The protesters represented over 30,000 Oregonians who have demanded that the Governor protect our water by using his influence to halt the water exchange that would allow the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to give away our public water for Nestlé’s profit.
Terry Swier, a lead activist on the campaign to fight Nestlé in her Michigan hometown, traveled to Oregon to attend the rally and encourage Oregonians to continue their fight. “From my own experience, I would tell the residents of Oregon to ask hard questions of Nestlé and their elected officials,” said Swier. “Don’t take Nestlé’s word on anything. Even though we’re winning in Michigan, irreparable harm has been inflicted by Nestlé on our water system. Our lakes and streams will never be the same.” Other speakers included:
- Barbara Willer—a former County Commissioner who was instrumental in getting the “Take Back the Tap” resolution passed in Multnomah County
- Tim Norgren—a resident of The Dalles representing Columbia River Gorge residents opposing Nestlé
- Sister Brigid Baumann—A representative from the Sisters of the Holy Names who advocates for Oregonians’ free access to good water, believing it is is a sacred right
Present at the rally was a 40-foot “Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge” banner on which activists pinned cloth water droplets with their messages to Governor Kitzhaber. Julia DeGraw, of Food and Water Watch, led rally attendees in a chant which was left on Governor Kitzhaber’s answering machine: “Water is a human right! Don’t let Nestlé win this fight!” To close, local bluegrass band Cedro Willie led activists in a sing-along featuring the songs “Roll on Columbia” and “This Land is Your Land,” with special lyrics and new lines written just for this campaign.
Through out the rally participants were encourage to call the governor’s office to ask him to protect our water from Nestlé, you can make your call to Governor Kitzhaber today at: 503-378-4582
The Coalition groups who organized the rally include Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club, Bark, Occupy Portland, Oregon AFSCME, Portland Alliance for Democracy, Sisters of the Holy Names, and Resources for Health.