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Wall Street spends millions to buy up Washington state water

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Seattle Times staff reporter

WINTHROP, Okanogan County — Follow the water and you’ll find the money.

That’s how it often works in the dusty rural corners of Washington, where a Wall Street-backed firm is staking an ambitious venture on the state’s water.

Crown Columbia Water Resources since 2017 has targeted the water rights of farms on tributaries of the mighty Columbia River.

This March, […]

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The fight to stop Nestlé from taking America’s water to sell in plastic bottles

The Guardian

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The network of clear streams comprising California’s Strawberry Creek run down the side of a steep, rocky mountain in a national forest two hours east of Los Angeles. Last year Nestlé siphoned 45m gallons of pristine spring water from the creek and bottled it under the Arrowhead Water label.

Though it’s on federal land, […]

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Washington state Lewis County fight against water bottler

August 29, 2019

As a member of Columbia Riverkeeper, we thought you’d appreciate this story of corporate greed and community resistance. Big kudos to the people of Lewis County who are taking on Crystal Geyser and winning!

Email goof leaks corporate playbook

Columbia Riverkeepers

It’s rare to get a glimpse inside the multinational corporation playbook, but water bottling giant Crystal Geyser lays bare its strategy: if the local community does not support its […]

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County Approves Moratorium That Would Stop Crystal Geyser Project

By Cody Neuenschwander / cneuenschwander@chronline.com

The Daily Chronicle (serving greater Lewis County Washington)

Aug 5, 2019

The Lewis County Board of Commissioners voted Monday morning to impose a moratorium on permits seeking water extraction in rural Lewis County and certain standalone food and beverage manufacturing applications — much to the appreciation of a large gathering of Lewis County Water Alliance members who have fiercely voiced their opposition to a proposed Crystal Geyser water bottling facility in Randle.

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Randle Town Hall Draws Strong Turnout to Oppose Water Bottling Plant

Scores of cars lined either side of U.S. Highway 12 Wednesday evening, spilling over from the full parking lot at the Randle Fire Hall. Inside the building, close to 250 people packed into the meeting room, with dozens more listening to an audio speaker stationed outside.

The attendees came from all over the Pacific Northwest, but most were local to Randle or East Lewis County. Nearly all were there to register their opposition to the proposed water […]

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Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

KIVI Boise May 29, 2019 AP

Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho and Oregon have completed key elements in a process that will allow the license renewal for a major hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border, an Idaho utility said Tuesday.

Idaho Power said the two states approved the company’s water quality certification for the Hells Canyon Complex on Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will now review the certification.

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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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