Urgent Action Needed!

According to this article from the Oregonian, the Oregon Deptartment of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) submitted an application on Friday to transfer part of its water right to Cascade Locks, opening the door for Nestlé’s proposed bottling plant. It wants the Water Resources Department (WRD) to put two other transfer applications on hold in order to expedite the process.

We need you to act right now to protect our water.

Not only does this new application result in the permanent water rights transfer of pristine Oxbow Spring water, but it also excludes a public interest review.
No Nestle People
Since it is clear we cannot count on ODFW to do what’s right for Oregon we need real leadership from Governor Brown. Click here to act now and send Governor Brown your objections;

Call Governor Brown’s public comment line: (503) 378-4582.

Leave a message, or if you talk to someone tell them, “I want the Governor stop her state agency, ODFW, from giving away public water for a Nestlé bottling plant.”

And send your letter to the editors at the Oregonian: 150 words or less to, letters@oregonian.com. Include your name and phone number.

Remember, we have protected our public water resources from Nestlé for five years now, thanks to your actions – we can continue to win if we keep up the pressure on our new governor.

Stay posted! A 30 day comment period will officially start as soon as this Thursday if the Water Resources Department agrees to put the two other transfer applications on hold. We will need everyone who cares about this issue to participate in that public comment period making it clear to both our governor and our state agencies that a Nestlé water bottling plant is wrong for the Gorge and wrong for Oregon.

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6 responses to “Urgent Action Needed!

  1. fwwportland

    Sign up for a sign-making party at the Bark office (537 SE Ash St.
    #206, Portland, OR) this Wednesday from 5 PM to 7 PM. On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1030105953683570/ or call: 503-331-0374

  2. Water should not become a commodity. It is wrong of Nestle to have the water rights here in the Gorge, pay a pittance and make huge profits. Clean water belongs to the people.

    • This is just ridiculous. Not only is the gorge a national scenic area they would be pulling water from (which would be like taking fish from yellowstone to repackage with a brand name and sell it to locals), but Nestle has picked Cascade Locks out of the other areas to set up this nonsense because of just how economically depressed the town is.

  3. I am very surprised that Oregon has remained largely quiet on this issue. Including the stand-in Gov. Brown. I have called her office several times. I also called Rep. Mark Johnson’s office today and was told he is in support of Nestle (who NOT to vote for next time). Nestle, a multinational corporation, Oregon has entered the Romney matrix. We have 3 counties in a drought emergency and are giving multinational corporations access to Oregon public water without any say. Oregon water to be bottled and shipped around the world for a huge corporate profit and very little, if any, benefit to Oregon. Is everyone sleeping? If Gov. Brown doesn’t make her voice known, she will also be on the ‘who not to vote for’ list. This really goes against what Oregon stands for and is known for. Everything apparently revolves around paper money. Something so basic as water. Oregon water, sold to the highest bidder!

  4. trisha lukas

    Save our water!

  5. Don B Hennig

    The more I know about Nestle operations worldwide, the more I fear for the gorge. This pending “state involved ‘water swap'” does not pass my “smell test.”

    The Columbia Gorge is being serially assaulted by the new “Corporate America.” Proposals for millions of oil rail cars, a bazillion coal loads, LNG tankers, now volume propane both in rail cars and ocean tankers and now Nestle wants effectively free water for 50 jobs.

    The excellent documentary “Tapped Out” is accurate and Nestlé’s pending deal is outrageous. I don’t believe the “50 jobs” promised.

    But maybe 400 or more jobs would justify such state endorsement and cooperation. With some reasonable “resource extraction fees.”

    Let’s consider a “Critical Natural Resource Access/Source Tax”

    of 5% of the sales price of the product.

    The cited water quantity of 0.5 CFS of one half cubic feet per second might sound small to some. But this converts (http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/flow_rate_volume/ft3_s.html) to

    446,800,000 liters per year. Which Nestle can sell for $1.00 per liter. That would be almost a half billion dollars a year. 5% would be about 23 million dollars a year.

    So 5% is not nearly enough for a “critical resource extraction fee”. 20% or $90 million would seem more reasonable.

    I estimate proposed Nestle’s Plant and Construction and Operations costs at less than $100 million for first year of operations. Potential earnings, even after paying the state $100 million for the water, is estimated at over $200 million a year. Is an ROI of 6 months even legal? Sounds criminal to me?

    Nice deal; almost free water and it is almost free to “bottle.” Actually “bottle” is a misnomer.

    Lets start to say “plottle” for “pl-astic + b – ottle”. “Plottle” should be the noun and and the verb for the practice of putting water in plastic.

    Earn a half billion dollars and litter two states with a half billion “plottles”. Nice deal.

    A new 90 or 100 million dollars a year to the General Fund would solve a lot of problems. For starters, students, k-12, could get, “Their Fair Share Back.” There is no better investment than education.
    I heard it said that, “litter is an expression of arrogance by the ignorant.”

    In the case of the Nestle Columbia Gorge “plottling plant”, it is more a case of, “the arrogant littering the ignorant.” And not just the empty “plottles.”

    Don B. Hennig

    Gales Creek, Or 97117

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