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 
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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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Here is a brief explanation on where Nestlé stands in the permitting process, what the applications and permits mean, and how the public can stop Nestlé from taking and bottling our public water:
On February 29th, the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) approved two of the three necessary OWRD permits for the Nestlé Water Bottling Plant. These two “housekeeping permits” are one step in a process for Nestlé approval and have initiated a 30-day protest period for public appeal of the permits. Bark and the Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge Coalition plan to protest the decision.
The clearest way of understanding the recent approval by OWRD for the first two permits is to think of the permits as “housekeeping measures.” In 2010, when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) applied to exchange its water with the City of Cascade Locks so that the city could then sell that water to Nestlé, the OWRD discovered that ODFW had unknowingly been drawing its water from the wrong source for many years. OWRD couldn’t rightfully approve an application to transfer water being withdrawn from a location not indicated in ODFW’s original water right, so it required ODFW to apply for a change to the Point of Diversion (POD) for the hatchery so that the current operations by ODFW would match the design listed in its water permits. In other words, before ODFW could transfer its water right to Cascade Locks, it needed to have its paperwork in order. Housekeeping was required.
The permits granted by the OWRD in February were the conclusion of the housekeeping process. Transfer applications T-11108 and T-11249 changed the current water permit for ODFW to reflect where water is actually being withdrawn from Oxbow Spring for the agency’s fish hatchery. Why would the agency need two permits instead of just one to address this problem?
The answer is simple: The application was divided into two to make it even easier for Nestlé to get its hands on the water down the road. Instead of filing one housekeeping application to reflect where ODFW takes its water, it split the application into two separate quantities: one for 9.5 cubic feet per second (CFS) of water and another for 0.5 CFS. This separation will make it easier for the planned water exchange with Cascade Locks as it will allow for only the 0.5 CFS to be exchanged – the exact amount requested by Nestlé.
What Comes Next
The approval of the two permits by OWRD in February initiated a 30-day protest period during which the public has the right to challenge the approvals within OWRD. While any member of the public can protest the permit, many individuals have identified that the fees for filing such appeals are prohibitive, with each of the two permits requiring a $600 filing fee and additional hidden costs associated with seeing the protest through. Food & Water Watch and the Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge Coalition will file a protest before the March 29th deadline. The process for resolving that appeal may take anywhere from two to five months and will include a contested case hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. After that point, Bark and our coalition partners have the option of appealing the decision by that judge. Subsequent permits, specifically the water exchange between ODFW and Cascade Locks cannot move forward until that protest is settled. Once the protest is resolved, the next application will be processed by OWRD. That application is for the exchange of water between ODFW and Cascade Locks with the intent of selling the water to Nestlé for their proposed bottling plant.
What you can do
• While the protest is in the process of resolution, members of the public can be contacting Governor Kitzhaber to urge his administration to take a stand against the commodification of our water by Nestlé (click here handout on how to contact Governor Kitzhaber).
• Support Food & Water Watch with a donation.
• Spread the word to your friends about this proposal! Contact Food & Water Watch with questions or offers to help.
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