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McCloud Residents Fight Nestle Water Bottling Plant

Residents of McCloud, California, a small community near Mount Shasta, have taken legal action to stop Nestle Waters North America from building a bottled water plant in their township. The group filed a lawsuit in March asking a Siskiyou County judge to set aside an agreement that would allow Nestle to purchase up to 1,600 acre feet of water per year from springs that feed Squaw Valley Creek and the McCloud River. The group brought to the judge’s attention that Nestle and the Service District failed to file an environmental impact review before agreeing on the contract, an extremely important report given the potentially serious impacts the deal could have on the area’s water supply. The judge’s decision on the case is expected in March or April.

The Nestle deal has spurred residents to action. A new group, the McCloud Watershed Council, a project of the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center (MSBEC), hopes to harness the community’s growing concern about the environmental impact of the bottling plant and the lack of community input in the Nestle deal. Donations earmarked for McCloud Watershed Council can be mailed to MSBEC at PO Box 1143, 211 East Alma St, Mount Shasta, CA 96067.

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