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Environmental group to use North Coast microplastics data to push for water quality standards

After years of surveys and beach cleanups, microplastics data collected at Fort Stevens State Park and Crescent Beach near Ecola State Park will be at the forefront of an environmental group’s push to influence state policy.

The Center for Biological Diversity, a West Coast nonprofit, is submitting data from several Oregon beaches to the state Department of Environmental Quality in an attempt to list the nearby water as contaminated.

“If the beach is contaminated, there’s good reason to believe the […]

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School district does water bottle filling experiment

(Note: Food & Water Watch and Corporate Accountability International had these programs well over ten years ago.) DEQ hopes Gresham pilot project spurs more use of refillable stations at Oregon schools

A state-funded experiment at 10 Gresham schools found that students using new water-bottle filling stations poured the equivalent of several hundred thousand plastic water bottles’ worth into their own reusable containers, in just five months.

Initially, the city of Gresham applied for an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality grant […]

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Nestle/Cascade Locks Story from CRAG Law Center Point of View

Read the story below for a detailed history of the grassroots battle against Nestlé in the Gorge. Make a donation to Crag today so we can continue to provide legal support to protect Oregon’s precious water resources for future generations

In 2008, Nestlé showed up on Oregon’s doorstep with offers of jobs, economic growth and what they pitched as great opportunity for the town of Cascade Locks and the State of Oregon. Cascade Locks would get jobs and an […]

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Westland Water Users hope to educate, not miss future opportunities

A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting a public information campaign after missing out on Columbia River water supplies. George PlavenEast Oregonian

November 4, 2017 9:07PM

A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting its own public information campaign to provide greater knowledge and transparency of water law in the Umatilla Basin.

The effort comes in the middle of a lawsuit filed against Westland by other district members who claim they are being cheated out of […]

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Plans for Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks moves forward despite ban

October 18, 2017

CASCADE LOCKS, OR

Plans for a Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks continue to move forward, in spite of a voter-approved ballot measure prohibiting such a plant in Hood River County.

In May, 2016, voters in Hood River County passed a measure that banned large water bottling operations, which many thought signaled an end to Nestle’s ambitions for the Columbia River Gorge, but despite the vote, the city of Cascade Locks has been […]

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Mayor Recommends No Further Action On Nestlé Proposal

Goldendale Mayor Mike Canon has released his Nestle Report and recommendation to be presented to the Goldendale City Council on June 19, 2017.

His four page report “Research: Nestle American Bottling Plant; Goldendale, WA” includes: The Nestlé Invitation background. Preliminary numbers of a Nestle American proposal, including water resource needs, waste water production, trucking volumes, and projected employees ‘at full build out’. Details of the Goldendale Municipal Water System. Consideration of the steps to implement proposed plan. Impact of the […]

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Environmental Group Sues Over Water Pollution In Washington State

by Cassandra Profita Follow OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 8, 2016 12:10 p.m. An environmental group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Washington state of failing to control water pollution along the coast and Puget Sound.

Portland-based Northwest Environmental Advocates is asking a U.S. district court to force two federal agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – to cut funding to the state as a form of punishment.

The agencies are supposed to withhold at least […]

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Council of Canadians Call for Nestle Boycott

September 23, 2016

*Boycott against Nestle and bottled water products launched by the Council of Canadians *

The Council of Canadians launched a national boycott campaign against Nestlé in Guelph last night. Guelph and the neighbouring region of Wellington County are currently ground zero for a battle between a local community protecting their water and the multi-billion dollar bottled water giant.

“The water crisis is at our door here in Canada,” said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of […]

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Our Water, Our Future video from Hood River County

Battle over Columbia Gorge Nestlé water plant heats up as election nears

By Kelly House | The Oregonian/OregonLive

March 23, 2016 The years-long war of words over Oxbow Springs has just grown louder.

Backers and opponents of a proposed Nestlé water bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks have taken to the airwaves, to the phone lines, and to Salem to plead their case in advance of a May election that could decide the plant’s fate.

A Hood River County ballot measure seeks to block the Nestlé plant […]

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