Opponents of a proposed Nestle water bottling plant in Oregon organized two protests in Portland today.
Nestle has proposed to build a $50 million bottling plant in Cascade Locks. It would require the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to swap its spring water rights for well water rights held by the city of Cascade Locks. The city could then allow Nestle to bottle the spring water.
But the conservation groups Bark and Food and Water Watch are fighting to stop the state from approving the deal. Bark’s executive director Alex Brown was dozens protesting the project.
“We’ve had overwhelming support from the drivers passing us and the bikers passing us on the Hawthorne Bridge,” he said. “You can hear the horns honking in the background. We’ve had over 30,000 people writing letters to the governor’s office asking him to withdraw this proposal.”
Gov. John Kitzhaber hasn’t taken a position on the project. A challenge filed by opponents is holding up the first of two applications needed to provide spring water to Nestle.