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We have just received word that the residents of Hood River County have made history today -- a citizen ballot measure has been filed for the people to decide on the proposed Nestlé bottling plant. Today, Bark stands with the people of Cascade Locks as they determine their community’s future.
Bark has been appealing to our state agencies for over seven years to stop this horrible public water grab for private profit. So far, we’ve successfully stopped the project from moving forward. A lot has changed in the community of Cascade Locks since Nestlé first came around in 2008 and residents of the Columbia Gorge have moved on from this proposal.
We are deeply inspired by the local groups for taking this bold step to defend their community against a multinational corporation. Join me in making a donation to ensure their success.
Facing the worst drought in years, residents in Hood River County, Oregon have filed a ballot referendum that would legally prohibit commercial bottled water operations in their county. The measure, which appears to be the first such measure ever initiated in the United States, was filed by three chief petitioners including a local mom, community college instructor, and farmer. The effort is being backed by the Local Water Alliance, a local Hood River County group that has been fighting Nestlé’s plans to build a new water bottling plant.
We’ll keep you posted on this exciting development. You can also follow the Local Water Alliance on their Facebook page.
Power to the people,
Interim Executive Director
P.S. Did you see the amazing photographs of last week’s action in Salem on the Capitol steps? Over 150 people joined tribal leaders and elders as they shared the impacts that Nestlé’s proposal would have on the future of salmon. They called on Governor Brown to respect their treaty rights and cease support of the project.