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Maine Water Issues videos online

Growing collection of videos about Maine water issues from “mainewaterstuff”

Spending cuts won’t affect Nestle Waters

[As households pull in their belts in the face of this economic downturn, Nestle still thinks people will pay an exorbitant price for bottled water instead of turning on the tap. – ed.]

By Michael C. Juliano, Stamford Advocate, 02/24/2009

Nestle Waters North America [head office in Greenwich, CT] does not plan to reduce capital […]

Matt Bors cartoon: Bottled News

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Drought Adds to Hardships in California

By JESSE McKINLEY, New York Times February 22, 2009

MENDOTA, Calif. — The country’s biggest agricultural engine, California’s sprawling Central Valley, is being battered by the recession like farmland most everywhere. But in an unlucky strike of nature, the downturn is being deepened by a severe drought that threatens to drive up joblessness, increase food […]

Source Water Protection workshop, April 15-16 (Wells, ME)

Southern Maine Source Water Protection and Collaboration Workshop April 15 and 16, 2009 in Wells, ME

Are you interested in learning more about how to monitor and protect your town’s drinking water supplies?

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Nestlé wins 2008 Scrooge Award from International Labor Rights Forum

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Washington DC-based International Labor Rights Forum identified what it branded as “five worst companies for the right to associate,” namely Nestlé (with alleged violations in the Philippines, Colombia, Peru, Russia and Pakistan) . . . Details of why Nestlé was chosen for the […]

Rights Declaration to be submitted to Corporate-led Water Gathering

Following is a draft of the counter-declaration being prepared by representatives from Uruguay to be presented at the corporate-led 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, March 16-22, 2009. Several years ago Uruguayan citizens passed a referendum on the fundamental right to water.

COMPLEMENTARY DECLARATION (Draft)

We, the Ministers or our representatives herein signing, declare the […]

Maine towns justified in skepticism about Poland Spring (letter)

Portland Press Herald, February 16, 2009

After the citizens of Shapleigh overwhelmingly voted to deny Nestle the right to “test” for water on town-owned property, this newspaper weighed in with an editorial implicitly chiding citizens for their decision (“Poland Spring deserves its warm welcome,” Feb. 4).

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Bottled Water Sales Eliminated for 2009 Common Ground Fair

Not long ago, packing a canteen or water bottle was standard practice when planning an outing for a day. In recent years, as bottled water became ubiquitous at events, including the Common Ground Country Fair, habits changed and people commonly purchased bottled water instead of bringing their own. The staff and volunteers leading the Fair […]

Keeping our aquifer to ourselves (letter)

By Barbara Britten in the Waterboro Reporter, February 12, 2009; also submitted to the Register and Biddeford Journal. Read letter to the Editor here.