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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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Governor calls off Nestlé water exchange

Citing legal issues and costs, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked state officials Friday to quash a water exchange with Cascade Locks that would make possible a Nestlé water bottling plant.

Brown sent a letter Oct. 27 to Curt Melcher, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife director, asking the agency to withdraw a 2010 water exchange application between ODFW and the City of Cascade Locks.

The proposal — introduced about […]

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Oregon Governor Wants To Cancel Water Transfer For Nestle

By CASSANDRA PROFITA , Earth Fix

October 27, 2017

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to withdraw its application for a water rights transfer with the city of Cascade Locks.

The transfer is a key part of Nestle’s plans to build at $50 million water bottling plant in Cascade Locks

Last year, Hood River County passed a ballot measure banning all commercial water bottling. It was an attempt to block Nestle […]

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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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Water bureau OK’s fire retardant drops in Portland’s Bull Run watershed

The Portland Water Bureau has approved fire retardant drops in the Bull Run watershed, a decision that allows firefighters to dump toxic chemicals in the city’s pristine source of drinking water.

The city agency did not publicly announce the decision, confirming it Wednesday only after repeated inquiries from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

“The Portland Water Bureau has […]

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Local Water Alliance with Nestle update

We have 2 water updates: 1. The City Council of Cascade Locks has set aside $33,000 in the 2017/2018 budget to begin the challenge to the water exchange and Hood River County’s Water Protection Measure. 2. The City Council of Goldendale will announce their decision about whether or not to invite Nestle in June (the meetings are the 5th and the 19th).

A water transfer approved getting the city of Cascade Locks closer to being able to sell spring water to Nestle

Sara Roth and Pat Dooris, KGW 4:44 PM. PDT November 03, 2016

SALEM, Ore. – A water transfer was approved Friday, getting the city of Cascade Locks closer to being able to sell spring water to Nestle, despite a county vote against the water bottling plant.

At the crux of the city’s plan to sell spring water to Nestle is getting a water swap between the city and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife approved.

Nestle wants spring water, […]

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Cascade Locks city council continuing with Nestlé plans despite passage of 14-55

By Patrick Mulvihill Originally published May 25, 2016 at 12:00a.m., updated May 25, 2016 at 12:00a.m. Cascade Locks City Council reaffirmed Monday they won’t back down from the Nestlé deal, despite the passing of a water bottling ban, Measure 14-55, during the primary election last Tuesday.

The measure amends Hood River County’s charter to prohibit large-scale companies like Nestlé Waters North America from producing or transporting water from sources within county borders. It widely passed with 69 percent of the […]

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Water bottling ban passes, legal questions remain

Hood River News

by Patrick Mulvihill

May 20, 2016

Measure 14-55, which blocks large-scale bottling companies like Nestlé from tapping into county water sources, sailed through the May 17 Primary Election with 69 percent of votes.

#“Water Protection Measure” amends the Hood River County charter to prohibit any company from producing or transporting 1,000 or more gallons of bottled water per day. That includes all water labeled and marketed as “water” in plastic and glass bottles, jugs, or similar containers. […]

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Hood River County Voters Approve Ban on commercial Water Bottling

Portland Tribune

May 18, 2016 by Cassandra Profita

Hood River County voters approved a ban on commercial water bottling Tuesday, blocking a $50 million bottling plant Nestle wants to build in the Columbia River Gorge.

Early results showed 69 percent of county voters approving a measure that restricts the production and transportation of bottled water to less than 1,000 gallons a day from any Hood River County water source. That would effectively block Nestle’s plans to build a plant in […]

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