Opponents of this proposal say that the Nestle jobs won’t go to current Cascade Locks residents, and that Nestle’s presence will drive away tourists who would otherwise come to visit the beautiful scenery. The facility would also bring a continuous stream of truck traffic to the town, and some residents worry about negative consequences for the environment.
Nestle Waters has faced similar opposition before from communities around the country, fighting legal battles in several states. Nestle last year canceled a contract to build a water bottling plant in the town of McCloud, California, after years of vocal opposition from many in that community.
Where does the water you drink come from? Do you live in Cascade Locks, or near a bottled water facility that’s already up and running? How can a small town balance tourism, economic and environmental concerns? How would a Nestle bottling plant in Cascade Locks affect you?
- Katelin Stuart: Cascade Locks resident
- Brad Lorang: Mayor of Cascade Locks
- Debra Anderson: President of the McCloud Watershed Council
- Dave Palais: Natural resource manager for Nestle Waters
- Mark Schlosberg: Western regional director for Food & Water Watch