Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nestle Bottling Plant Threatens Columbia Gorge


The Nestle Corporation is in the process of trying to gain access to Herman Creek a tributary of the Columbia River on the Oregon side. For their plan to move ahead, ODFW will have to sign over the rights to Oxbow Springs, which currently provides water for a hatchery facility at Cascade Locks. Herman Creek is a critical thermal refuge for salmon and steelhead migrating up the Columbia and the proposed plan could threaten the availability of cold spring water to Herman Creek. Foor and Water Watch has a petition set up on their website. Sign it and tell ODFW not to hand Oxbow Springs over to the Nestle Corporation.

http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1895

3 comments:

David said...

Hello Steelhead fans,

I saw your blog post and wanted to clarify a few facts about Nestlé Waters’ potential plans to build a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks. Our company is not trying to gain access to Herman Creek, nor would this proposal require ODFW to sign over the rights to Oxbow Springs.

The plan currently being considered involves a water exchange for a small portion of water between the hatchery and the city of Cascade Locks. Nestlé is not seeking to obtain any water rights from ODFW nor from the city. If the proposal moves forward, we would simply be a customer of the city of Cascade Locks’ public water utility.

We are more than happy to meet and talk with you about the details of the proposal and what is being done to evaluate how to develop a project that is protective of the fisheries, achieves the city of Cascade Locks goal of bringing clean, sustainable jobs to their community and achieves our business plans as well.

David Palais, Ph.D.
Natural Resource Manager
Nestlé Waters North America

Anonymous said...

David Palais is notorious in California for the role that he has played in selling cities out to get water for Nestlé NA so that they can increase their already outrageous profits on water that is a "commons." As a commons, water should not be commodified or sold for profit. The people of Cascade Locks should not allow Nestle to buy water that is actually never "bought" at all. The people of Cascade Locks would be wise to send Mr. Palais packing -- back to California or wherever he lives.

Anonymous said...

David Palais is notorious in California for the role that he has played in selling cities out to get water for Nestlé NA so that they can increase their already outrageous profits on water that is a "commons." As a commons, water should not be commodified or sold for profit. The people of Cascade Locks should not allow Nestle to buy water that is actually never "bought" at all. The people of Cascade Locks would be wise to send Mr. Palais packing -- back to California or wherever he lives.