Oregon Governor Strikes Down Nestlé Bid!
In 2016, dedicated community members in the small town of Cascade Locks championed a successful ballot measure to ban commercial water bottling in their county. They responded to the threat of losing their cherished local spring to the water bottling giant with a hard and dedicated fight.
Despite the clear message sent by this community and Nestlé’s claim to respect the democratic process, the company continued to look for loopholes and to push forward with plans to open the plant. Last week, Oregon’s Governor, Kate Brown, stepped up to defend the voices and the votes of this community. In a letter, the governor directed the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to stop an exchange of water rights that would have been crucial for the plant to move forward.
Here, Aurora Del Val, Campaign Director at the Hood River County-based group Local Water Alliance, shares the news of this victory!