Sept. 16 — Last night at 7pm, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a landmark “Aquifer Protection Ordinance,” that will protect the Wacissa River from bottling in the future, according to Friends of the Wacissa. The ordinance will protect the river by ensuring that attempts to take water from the county for bottling will have to be approved by a super majority of the county commissioners.
In June of 2010, Nestlé set up four test wells to assess the Wacissa River as a potential site to pump water and truck it to a Nestlé bottling plant outside of Jefferson County, where Wacissa is located. This site would have pumped up to 1.5 million gallons of water a day from this undeveloped spring location, while taking a significant toll on the environment.
Link to the full article: http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/node/1531
Friends of the Wacissa: http://www.savethewacissa.com/
Defending Water notes that to drive this victory deeper into law, organizers should learn about what our Maine communities of Shapleigh and Newfield have done with their local rights based ordinance.