Bark Alert: 5 ways you can stop Nestle!

Bark and the Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge Coalition have protected our public water resources for just about five years now. I’m proud to say that Nestle’s proposed bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge is still unpermitted!

The water remains in our hands--with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. But this is not a done deal. In spite of overwhelming public opposition, the process is about to advance again!

Please take one or all of these actions right now to stop Nestlé from receiving an unprecedented exchange of state-owned water and permits for its first Pacific Northwest water bottling plant:

  1. Call Governor John Kitzhaber, (503) 378-4582, and leave a message through his contact page: www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/ShareYourOpinion.aspx. Please say something to the effect of: "Giving public water away so that Nestlé can bottle and profit from it is wrong for Oregon!" By doing this, you will be joining well over 50,000 Oregonians who have sent the same message. 

  1. Call Kitzhaber’s campaign office (503) 389-1129 and write at www.johnkitzhaber.com/contact-us/ (It’s okay to leave voicemail messages.) The message is the same as above.

  1. Fill out this quick form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ODFWDirector The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) is preparing to conduct a search for its next director. Here's a recommendation for question #3 in the survey: "The new director should protect our public water resources by withdrawing ODF&W's application to give Oxbow Springs in the Columbia Gorge to Nestlé."

  1. Make a phone call to the fish and wildlife agency at (503) 947-6000, or (800) 720-ODFW, requesting that ODFW stay out of the bottled water business.

  2. Share this on Facebook!

Crucially, please donate to Bark.

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78% of our entire budget comes from individual contributions. We use your contribution to send teams of well-informed representatives to contact over 35,000 households every year to raise awareness and generate actions that protect our forests and give Bark power. Your donations also allow Bark to prepare for possible legal actions. Your support helps make everything we do possible. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Matthew Bristow, Canvass Director
 

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