As this sunset image reminds me, the scenic Columbia River Gorge is a unique and special place worth protecting. There is no place on the Oregon or Washington side for a Nestlé water bottling facility. This is why we remain vigilant in the fight to keep Nestlé out of the Gorge.
After hitting some serious roadblocks to its proposal for Cascade Locks in Oregon, Nestlé has made a bold move and initiated discussions with Goldendale city leaders about building a water bottling facility. The multinational seems to have made the same offer to the Washington city of Goldendale as it did to Cascade Locks, a $50 million plant promising 40-50 jobs, but at what cost to our water systems? Mayor Mike Canon believes the water bottling facility won’t affect Goldendale’s water supply, but given the reality that bottling water innately removes millions of gallons from the watershed makes his line of reasoning hard to follow. Nestlé takes the water and it doesn’t put it back—this is the nature of the bottled water industry.
At the city council meeting this upcoming Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m. held in the Goldendale City Council Chambers, the public will have a chance to weigh in. If you live in Goldendale or the surrounding areas, PLEASE COME OUT to the meeting to testify and tell your city leaders that you don’t want Nestlé. If you have any friends who live in Goldendale or the surrounding areas, PLEASE ENCOURAGE THEM TO ATTEND the meeting and tell their city leaders that any business with Nestlé is unwanted.
We made a commitment to keep Nestlé out of the Columbia River Gorge, and that commitment doesn’t stop at the state border. We will expand our fight to the Washington side. We won’t stop to keep Nestlé out of the Gorge.