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Osceola Township fears the environmental impact of the bottled water company’s potential expansion
Osceola Township, Mich., voted to appeal a county court’s ruling that allowed Nestle to pump more water from the Twin Creek River for their Ice Mountain bottled water brand. While Nestle seeks to pump 400 gal per minute–an increase from the current 250 gal per minute– town officials fear potential environmental damage. Currently, Nestle is awaiting approval from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to build a pumping booster station along a water pipeline that feeds a tanker load dock in the nearby town of Evart, Mich.
One local, Maryann Borden, has kept photos documenting the change in the Twin Creek River since Nestle began pumping in the early 2000s for their bottled water brand. Borden argued the water levels have decreased and even that trout can no longer survive in the water.
“It’s not the same creek,” said Borden to Agence France-Presse. “It’s narrower and deeper and therefore warmer.”
Nestle officials have asserted that there has been no measurable changes to the water levels. However, this assertion is based off of studies conducted by Nestle and no third party studies have been completed.