Attend the DEQ Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 12 on Nestle PermitPublic Informational Session from 4-6 pm and Public Hearing from 7-9 pm in Big Rapids at the Ferris State University Center at 805 Campus Drive.
We request that you send a COMMENT to the DEQ by EMAIL by the deadline Friday, April 21 by 5 pm
The Comment is to OPPOSE the Nestle' Permit for an increase of WATER withdrawal from 150 gallons per minute (gpm) to 400 gpm from the Michigan DEQ. This is a very substantial increase of water withdrawal from the White Pine Springs in Evart, Michigan. This has been in the works with the expansion of the Nestle’ bottling water plant in Stanwood.
We ask that you reference the well as Production Well PW-101, White Pine Springs Site, Osceola Co.
We ask that you ask for multiple Public Hearings in Michigan. Specifically, we ask for Public Hearings in Evart, Detroit, Flint, Muskegon, and Traverse City.
Please send your EMAIL COMMENT of your opposition to this withdrawal to:
Your letter can be simple and direct. More specific details and info can be obtained from articles by Garret Ellison (MLive) and Michael Jackman (MetroTimes).
#3 Action: Request that DEQ Public Hearings be held in MULTIPLE Locations
Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) believes there exists a serious disconnect in the State of Michigan’s water policies. The policies allow thousands of people in Detroit to be cut off from water in their homes for nonpayment of a few thousand gallons of water, and folks in Flint to pay the highest price for water in the U.S. that is poisonous and most of us would not want to bathe in. Meanwhile, Nestle, the world’s largest water bottler, takes a million gallons of water for less than a dollar.
Nestle currently has a permit before the Michigan DEQ that will allow them to take 400 gallons a minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week each year from one well in Evart. That adds up to more than 210 million gallons a year, for which Nestle will pay a $200 annual fee.
MCWC believes that this permit to increase water taking is a STATEWIDE issue.
MCWC is requesting that the MDEQ public hearings take place in Detroit, Flint, Muskegon, Sault St. Marie, Traverse City, and first and foremost in Evart. If the DEQ would extend to more than the 6 hearings we have requested, we would welcome that.
Please send a REQUEST for Multiple Hearings to:
Heidi Grether, DEQ Director at GretherH@michigan.gov
and to Governor Snyder at Rick.Snyder@michigan.gov