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!
The Oregonian got it wrong. Way wrong. Not only did the editorial board publish an opinion piece last Saturday supporting a Nestle water bottling plant in the Gorge, it got its facts WRONG.
Please write a letter to the editor at the Oregonian correcting their mistake and renewing the call on the governor to stop Nestle from bottling our water.
The opinion piece stated that the state’s Water Resources Department has approved the water exchange. This is completely not true. The Water Resources Department cannot make a decision on the exchange until two other transfer applications are fully processed.
All you need to say is that the Water Resources Department has NOT made a decision on the water exchange and that Oregonians still have time to call on the governor to stop Nestle.
The water in question is owned by all Oregonians and is managed by state agencies that are supposed to work for us. The decision on how that water should be used is a state level decision not a local one.
Here’s a link to the opinion piece: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/03/let_nestl_quench_cascade_locks.html
You can submit a letter to the Oregonian by e-mailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing them to (503) 294-4193. Please limit your letter to 150 words. Also, please include your full address and daytime phone number, for verification only. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.
Lastly, please write and have your letters submitted to the Oregonian by the end of today tomorrow so that the Oregonian can be made aware of these erroneous statements.
The Oregon Water Resources Department is considering an application that would effectively allow Nestlé to access water coming out of Mt. Hood National Forest and bottle it. This is another significant step forward in Nestlé’s plan to profit off of Oregon’s clean drinking water sources in the town of Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge.
The Oregon Water Resources Department has the power to deny this application and could effectively shut down Nestlé’s plan’s to bottle Oregon’s water. They are accepting public comments now. Please take action by June 30th by using this action tool. Click here to send a message to the Director telling them Oregonians don’t want Nestlé profiting from our water!
Welcome to the No Nestle In the Gorge Blog. Our goal is to be a source for coalition members as well as any members of the general public looking to become more informed or involved in the campaign to keep Nestle out of the Gorge. Please remain patient with the initial stages of the blog, and of course, any and all comments regarding the blog and how to make it better and more useful are encouraged.
Posted February 17, 2011
This article from Dennis Newman at Natural Oregon.org covers the campaign kick-off and some of the issues surrounding the proposed Nestle plant. Videos of Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeeper, and Julia Degraw, Northwest Regional Organizer for Food and Water Watch, speaking are included at the bottom of the article.