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Skagit County Suggests Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Dismisses Its [Water]Lawsuit

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Dec. 15, 2012 Please find below an article in the Skagit Valley Herald that is entitled, County suggests Swinomish dismiss its lawsuit. The Swinomish lawsuit (supported by the City of Anacortes without citizen input), if successful, could lead to all rural and agricultural landowners in the Skagit River Basin losing access to well water if they had drilled their well in 2001 or after, Ecology officials have said.

Moreover, if the [...]

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Anacortes/A town in-between

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Anacortes, Wash.

Dec. 12, 2012

Will Anacortes’ push for manufacturing jobs on Fidalgo Island take us back to the future, when mills of many kind lined the Anacortes waterfront in the 1900s? A town in-between by local author William Dietrich was published in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine on Feb. 20, 2005. The article’s excerpts include the following: With its industrial legacy and recreational future, Anacortes remains confused about where [...]

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Tethys CEO Steve Winter–the man behind the proposed bottled beverage manufacturing plant (the largest in North America)

 

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012 2:00 am

By Mark Stayton

Q: Could you start by telling me a little about yourself?

A: Sure. I graduated from Snohomish High School. My undergraduate degree is in electronic engineering — I went to DeVry University. I graduated from the University of Washington with an MBA. I’ve been in high tech industry for nearly my entire career, nearly 38 years. I left a company I worked for [...]

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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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Meet the 13-Year-Old Taking On Bottled Water

AlterNet/By Maude Barlow, published Sept. 6, 2012 We should be encouraging the youth in our society to do exactly what Robyn is doing — engaging in local politics, acting to protect the environment and questioning the world around her. In the last year, municipalities across Ontario and the rest of the country have begun taking a much-needed stand to protect local water sources. Since World Water Day in 2011, nine municipalities across Canada have become Blue [...]

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California Makes History on the Right to Water

by Shiney Varghese | October 3, 2012

On Wednesday, September 26 Governor Jerry Brown of California signed the bill AB 685, into law, establishing the policy that every person in California has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water. This is a historic moment in the U.S. debate over the right to water.(Image: Creative Commons license from Happy Sleepy.)

The U.S. federal government has not recognized water as a human right, but this policy initiative [...]

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Some question McCloud’s Squaw Valley Creek study

By Skye Kinkade Mount Shasta Area Newspapers Posted Nov 02, 2011 @ 10:15 AM Last update Nov 02, 2011 @ 02:21 PM

McCloud, Calif. — Now that a study on the Squaw Valley Creek watershed is complete, members of the McCloud Community Services District and California Trout hope they can keep some of its sensors up and running.

“If we can continue the study, we’d learn more about stream flow,” said Curtis Knight of Cal Trout. “The more information we [...]

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Crystal Geyser cancels plans for Orland bottling plant

By HEATHER HACKING Staff Writer Posted: 11/08/2011 10:49:13 AM PST ORLAND – Plans for a Crystal Geyser Sparkling Water Company bottling plant in Orland have been withdrawn. The company had planned to build a facility at the edge of town, but faced opposition from many citizens who said it wasn’t a good fit for a variety of reasons. The most vocal opposition was from a group named Save Our Water Resources, which cited traffic, noise, groundwater quality, pollution and storm [...]

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Are Greedy Water Bottlers Siphoning Your City’s Drinking Water?

Monday 22 March 2010 Tara Lohan | AlterNet

It took six years for residents of tiny McCloud, California, to give Nestle Waters North America its walking papers. The water bottler had hoped to build a 1 million square-foot facility in the town of less than 2,000 and was given a backroom 50-year contract (renewable for an additional 50 years) to annually take 1,250 gallons per minute of delicious spring water from [...]

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