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Wash. Water Ruling Could Have Far-Reaching Effects, Including Dropping Property Values

Skagit County, Western Wash.

Wash. Dept. of Ecology to hold water rights workshop on Dec. 2 in Mount Vernon.

By Rachel Lerman/Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013 9:00 am

Potential builders and landowners face a state of limbo as the state Department of Ecology searches for solutions in a water rights battle that has lasted decades.

The battle over water rights in the Skagit River basin reached a plateau Oct. 3 with the state Supreme Court’s ruling against Ecology in a [...]

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Now is the Time to Rekindle Trust

Sept. 28, 2013

Anacortes, Washington

Council Member Ryan Walters, Council Member Eric Johnson, Council Member Cynthia Richardson, Council Member Erica Pickett, Council Member Brad Adams, Council Member Brian Geer,Council Member Bill Turner

Dear Council Members:

The muddlement of the City of Anacortes-Tethys Enterprises water agreement stands for a city process gone wrong during this mayoral and city council election. Now is the time to rekindle citizen trust by voting to terminate the Tethys water agreement in writing.

The city [...]

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Tethys’ Pullout of Bottling Plant Draws Mixed Response

Anacortes American Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Tethys’ pullout draws mixed response BY KIMBERLY JACOBSON

Reactions are mixed to the announcement last week that Tethys Enterprises backed out of its plans for a bottling facility on the island.

Some residents were pleased the proposed 1-million-square-foot plant is off the table while others are lamenting the potential jobs lost. But all are looking to the future and how Anacortes could plan to best utilize the property — and how to attract a [...]

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Skagit County Advances Tethys Bottling Plant

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash. Wed., July 30, 2013 Anacortes land expansion to be reviewed

By KATE MARTIN

MOUNT VERNON — Anacortes’ proposal to expand its city boundaries to accommodate a beverage bottling plant has passed one of several administrative hurdles, despite reservations by one county commissioner. Skagit County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to review the city of Anacortes’ proposal, which includes incorporating and rezoning 11.2 acres southwest of the intersection of Reservation and Stevenson roads into the city’s [...]

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Anacortes mayor’s debate focuses on proposed Tethys bottling plant

Skagit Valley Herald Mount Vernon, Wash.

Friday, July 12, 2013

ANACORTES MAYOR

Anacortes mayor’s debate focuses on jobs, Tethys

By MARK STAYTON

ANACORTES — The four candidates for Anacortes’ mayoral seat offered their views on strategic planning, economic development and the Tethys water bottling plant proposal Thursday afternoon during their second debate leading up to the Aug. 6 primary election.

Hosted by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, the debate focused largely on how candidates Brian Geer, Mitch Everton, [...]

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Water Wars: How One City's Fight Against Bechtel Ignited a Movement Battling Water Privatization

High up in the Andean valley, 8,000 feet above sea level, lies Cochabamba, Bolivia. The name, Khocha Pampa, from the indigenous Quechua, means swampy plain. Once a lush and verdant land, its waters have come under pressure from a variety of sources. The first was privatization.

This week the Feria del Agua, a water festival and fair, marked the 10th anniversary of the water wars that fought off privatization. Events to celebrate kicked off on Thursday, [...]

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The Cochabamba Water Wars: Marcela Olivera Reflects on the Tenth Anniversary of the Popular Uprising Against Bechtel and the Privatization of the City’s Water Supply

For more on this story, please also read: Water Wars: How One City’s Fight Against Bechtel Ignited a Movement Battling Water Privatization

Ten years ago this month, the Bolivian city of Cochabamba was at the center of an epic fight over one of the city’s most vital natural resources: its own water. The Water Wars occurred just months after the Battle of Seattle. The uprising against Bechtel on the streets of Cochabamba was seen as the embodiment of the [...]

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