Take Action: Tell the State of Michigan to Stop the Nestlé Groundwater Grab

Take Action: Tell the State of Michigan to Stop the Nestlé Groundwater Grab

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Who owns Michigan’s water? We all do, as residents of the State of Michigan. Under Michigan’s Constitution and laws, our state government has an obligation to act as our trustee, preventing impairment of public trust uses of our lakes, streams, and Great Lakes that include fishing, swimming, boating, drinking, and sustenance.

But Nestlé, the multinational corporate giant, has worked with previous State of Michigan regimes to take the public’s water virtually for free, pump it, bottle it, and sell it under the Ice Mountain brand back to a segment of the public at a huge markup. Meanwhile ...

Who owns Michigan’s water? We all do, as residents of the State of Michigan. Under Michigan’s Constitution and laws, our state government has an obligation to act as our trustee, preventing impairment of public trust uses of our lakes, streams, and Great Lakes that include fishing, swimming, boating, drinking, and sustenance.

But Nestlé, the multinational corporate giant, has worked with previous State of Michigan regimes to take the public’s water virtually for free, pump it, bottle it, and sell it under the Ice Mountain brand back to a segment of the public at a huge markup. Meanwhile, local residents have contended in court for years that these withdrawals have reduced the headwater flow of two cold water trout streams and damaged fish populations in the Muskegon River watershed.

Nestlé is seeking to increase its nearly cost-free extraction of the public’s water by 60% from springs north of Evart, Michigan, in Osceola County’s Osceola Township, potentially impairing streams. More than 99 percent of public comments opposed granting Nestlé a $200 permit to take 210 million gallons of groundwater a year. Despite the scientific evidence and the public outcry, a state agency in April 2018 issued the permit. The Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians contested the decision, and a state law judge in April of this year gave Nestlé tentative approval for the groundwater pumping increase even though the company has submitted only computer modeling on the impact to natural resources, rather than the hard data measured at the site, as the law requires.

Please take action today to stop this unlawful capture of the public’s water. The Director of the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has the final say on the Nestlé permit. But EGLE has moved to dismiss citizen concerns. Please take action now to write EGLE Director Liesl Clark, as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, to urge them to uphold the law and their roles as trustees of our public water by rejecting the Nestlé permit once and for all. Simply use the template email at right to add your thoughts and contact information, and click “send.” 

Thank you for taking action to protect our public water and our public trust rights!

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Take Action: Stop the Nestlé Groundwater Grab

Please take action today to stop this unlawful capture of the public’s water. The Director of the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has the final say on the Nestlé permit. But EGLE has moved to dismiss citizen concerns. Please take action now to write EGLE Director Liesl Clark, as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, to urge them to uphold the law and their ...

Please take action today to stop this unlawful capture of the public’s water. The Director of the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has the final say on the Nestlé permit. But EGLE has moved to dismiss citizen concerns. Please take action now to write EGLE Director Liesl Clark, as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, to urge them to uphold the law and their roles as trustees of our public water by rejecting the Nestlé permit once and for all. Simply use the template email below to add your thoughts and contact information, and click “send.” 

Thank you for taking action to protect our public water and our public trust rights!

- Your friends at FLOW

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