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Defending Water in the Skagit Basin March Newsletter

Defending Water in the Skagit Basin March 2013 Newsletter- click to view PDF

Defending Water in the Skagit Basin, an arm of Defending Water in Washington presents this March 2013 newsletter featuring a Tethys Enterprises Beverage Bottling Plant Site Update. We hope this information provides insight to the impact that the plant will have on Fidalgo Island and surrounding Skagit County Communities. […]

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Our Water is Too Precious to Squander on Tethys’ Huge Bottling Plant

Anacortes American, Feb. 27, 2013

Niabi Drew

Anacortes, Wash.

In response to the City Council and others’ injudicious resolve to continue moving forward with the Tethys proposal, I ask that we consider the following:

Water is Earth’s most vital resource. The next world war will be over water rights. Scientists have already predicted which countries will run out of water first and the mass exodus that will follow.

Can you imagine entire countries void of human life because there […]

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A way to go: Plenty of hurdles left to clear before bottling plant gets off the ground

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012 2:05 am | Updated: 10:28 pm, Sat Dec 8, 2012.

By Mark Stayton

At least one crucial deadline has been met.

But developers of a proposed 1 million-square-foot bottled beverage manufacturing plant in Anacortes have plenty of other hoops to jump through before the project gets up and running.

Tethys Enterprises, Inc. met a Dec. 1 deadline to acquire property rights to at least 30 acres within city limits. […]

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Columbia River red algae could counter global warming effects

By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian October 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM, updated October 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Algae turn the Columbia River at the Astoria-Megler Bridge crimson in late summer in 2008. Scientists from Oregon Health & Sciences University, Oregon State University and the University of Washington are studying the algae, trying to understand why they bloom and how they function in the ecosystem. Alex Derr/Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction Continue reading Columbia River red algae could counter global warming effects

Corrosive Waters Emerge as New Climate Threat

Sept. 30, 2012, The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News

(c) 2012, The Washington Post.

HOMER, Alaska — Kris Holderied, who directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, says the ocean’s increasing acidity is “the reason fishermen stop me in the grocery store.”

“They say, ‘You’re with the NOAA lab, what are you doing on ocean acidification?’ ” Holderied said. “This is a coastal town that depends on this ocean, and this bay.”

This town in […]

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Feds Fund Effort To Cool Northwest Waters With Credit Trading

In the not so distant future, farmers and private landowners in the Pacific Northwest could be paid to plant trees to generate shade in watersheds that fail to meet cold water standards for salmon.

Two conservation groups, The Freshwater Trust and The Willamette Partnership, have worked with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to develop a credit market for reducing water temperature in Oregon.

Now the groups have received $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of […]

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Nestle Moves to Bottle Water in Columbia Gorge, Oregon

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Activists Challenge Proposal To Bottle Water In Columbia Gorge

March 27, 2012 | OPB

Environmentalists and one of Oregon’s public sector unions are challenging the recent approval of new water permits in Cascade Locks, but controversy surrounds a proposal to bottle water in the Columbia Gorge.

The appeal comes from the “Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge” coalition. It includes environmental groups Food and Water Watch and Bark!, as well as the state and local employee union, Oregon AFSCME. […]

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Bottle the Skagit?

Contact: jim justice jim@fidalgo.net 360-856-2529 skagithrf.wordpress.com

Thurs., March 22, 2012 , 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon, Washington

Skagit Human Rights Festival – Whose Valley is it Anyway?

Defending Water

In the spirit of assembly and free speech, Sandra Spargo of Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin will present the film TAPPED and relate the film to the contract that the City of Anacortes signed […]

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Grand Canyon Banning Plastic Water Bottle Sales

Feb. 6, 2012

Associated Press GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Disposable plastic water bottles soon won’t be sold at the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service announced Monday that it has approved a plan to eliminate the sale of the bottles within 30 days. The bottles make up about 20 percent of the Park’s waste and 30 percent of recyclables. Visitors can fill up reusable containers at water stations, though the ban does not keep them from bringing disposable bottles into […]

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Whose Valley is it Anyway?

The 9th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival March 2012 Whose Valley is it Anyway? Corporate Power or Community Power? March is Human Rights Month in Skagit County, and the Skagit Human Rights Festival has some great events planned to put relevant conversations on the community table. Lee Mann Exhibition–Art opening, Thurs., March 1, 5 p.m, Skagit Valley College multipurpose room. Letters and photos of longtime Skagit Valley human rights advocate Lee Mann on display. His son, Bryce Mann, to make […]

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