Target: Oregon Water Resources Department Director Phillip C. Ward
Goal: To stop the construction of a proposed Nestle water bottling facility in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.
Nestle is currently working on a plan to privatize water in Oregon. The company would like to construct a water bottling facility in the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon in the scenic Columbia River Gorge which would privatize pristine water from the Mt. Hood National Forest and sell it at an enormous price increase. This facility would interfere with habitat for threatened fish and allow a private corporation to profit off of an important public resource that provides forty percent of Oregonians with drinking water. Nestle has proven to be an irresponsible neighbor to small communities like Cascade Locks, and will not guarantee that any jobs created would be given to locals.
Water for Nestle’s facility would be taken from Oxbow Springs in the Mt. Hood National Forest and replaced with well water from the city of Cascade Locks. They would pump over 160 million gallons of water annually to be bottled in wasteful plastic and sold at the astronomical price increase of 1500 percent. This water exchange could threaten salmon and steel head species in the Columbia River and would set a bad precedent for water management in the state. Although the plant boasts job creation, Nestle refuses to commit any jobs that would be created to local residents, and the presence of a water plant in this scenic town could reduce its beauty and drive down revenue from tourism. During tourist season residents of Cascade Locks could see a water truck coming through every eight minutes. This, in addition to construction required for the plant will negatively impact the tourist economy for the gorge.
By signing the below petition, you are asking the Oregon Water Resources Department to deny Nestle’s application to privatize public water in the Columbia River Gorge.
Dear Phillip Ward,
I urge you to deny the necessary permits that would allow Nestle access to public water resources at Oxbow Springs and in Cascade Locks. A water bottling facility would do little to stimulate the economy of Cascade Locks, while damaging local tourism and threatening salmon and steel head in the Columbia River.
The construction of a bottling plant would bring a high volume of truck traffic through Cascade Locks, increasing pollution and noise and necessitating that public money be spent to improve roads. Although the plant would bring 20-50 jobs, Nestle refuses to guarantee that those jobs are awarded to local residents, and their record has proven they are not a responsible neighbor to small towns who’s resources they wish to exploit.
Oregonians value the Columbia River Gorge for its scenic beauty, and take pride in the high quality of water that comes from Mt. Hood. This water provides forty percent of Oregonians with drinking water, and it should not be utilized for the private profit of a multinational corporation. Construction of this plant would go against the values that Oregonians hold dear.
Please deny Nestle’s permits to privatize public water.
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