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Bottled Water Plant Taps Support From Cascade Locks City Council


A group protests a proposed water-bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge in 2012. For six years, Nestlé has been trying to tap Oxbow Springs for the proposed plant.

A group protests a proposed water-bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge in 2012. For six years, Nestlé has been trying to tap Oxbow Springs for the proposed plant.

Statesman Journal file photo

Leaders in the Oregon town of Cascade Locks have voiced their support for a proposed bottled water factory.

The Cascade Locks City Council passed a resolution 6-1 at its meeting Monday night, in essence stating the council’s support for a proposed Nestle bottled water facility.

City officials say the company would bring 50 jobs to a community that has been economically depressed for decades.

“It’s just a step that says ‘we are in favor of local control,’” said Gordon Zimmerman, the city administrator. “We don’t want the county to tell us what we can do. We don’t want environmentalists coming in from Portland trying to influence what should be a local decision on a local resource.”

In May, voters in Hood River County will decide on a measure that could restrict the production and transportation of bottled water to less than 1,000 gallons per day from any Hood River County water source.

The measure is aimed at preventing the bottling plant.

“It is specifically aimed at stopping a Nestle water bottling plant from coming into Cascade Locks,” Zimmerman said.

The city’s vote specifically opposed that ballot measure.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the date of the election. OPB regrets the error.

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