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Below Mt. Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water

Jane Braxton Little High Country News

May 28, 2018

Mount Shasta reigns over Siskiyou County, a commanding presence even when cloaked in clouds. The snow on its flanks percolates into a vast underground aquifer of volcanic tunnels and bubbling springs. Steeped in legend and celebrated for its purity, Shasta water is almost as mysterious as its namesake California mountain. Little is known about how much is actually stored there or how it moves through […]

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NW Natural Advances Water Strategy with Plans to Acquire Two Water Utilities in Washington State

PORTLAND, Ore., May 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NW Natural Water, a subsidiary of NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), today announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two water utilities in Washington state.

Both are located on Whidbey Island near Seattle in Puget Sound. Lehman Enterprises, Inc. serves about 900 customers and Sea View Water LLC serves just under 200 customers.

The assets and operations of Lehman and Sea View will be combined under a newly-formed subsidiary of NW […]

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Walla Walla County commissioners move water bottling plan ahead

Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Andy Porter

Mar 20, 2018 A controversial request to allow water bottling on agricultural lands in Walla Walla County took a step ahead Monday. Walla Walla County commissioners voted unanimously to have the application by former county commissioner Perry Dozier move to the final docket of proposed amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations. However, commissioners noted the application will not be part of the county’s Comprehensive Plan update due at the […]

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Guest column: Deschutes should not be damaged for personal profit

Most Central Oregon residents are aware that the Deschutes River is severely compromised. However, the public is not getting all the information needed to make intelligent choices about the Deschutes River.

Some 90 percent of the water withdrawn from the Deschutes River is for irrigation. By comparison, all industry and municipal withdrawals amount to 5 percent. In other words, if the only withdrawals were for cities like Bend, the Deschutes would still be a functioning river.

As […]

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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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Oregon Appeals Court nixes bid by Greg Demers to secure big water rights on the McKenzie River

Eugene Register Guard

By Christian Wihtol

November 16, 2017

The Oregon Court of ­Appeals has thrown cold ­water on a Lane County company’s attempt to siphon millions of gallons of water daily from the McKenzie River.

The appeals panel, in a ruling Wednesday, said the state Water Resources Commission was correct in ­denying the application by Willamette Water Co. to draw 22 million gallons of water a day from the McKenzie.

The judges said the ­company […]

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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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