Pull the Plug, Governor Brown!


Thanks to you, Bark has stopped Nestlé from setting up shop in the Columbia Gorge for six years. And all that work led to the campaign’s most important year yet. A few weeks ago, Hood River County voters sent a resounding message to Oregon decision makers that bottled water is not in the future for their community.

Click here to tell Governor Brown to stop the State water transfer process in light of the Hood River County vote.

This incredible win by local organizers followed on the heels of Governor Brown stating last November that people should have a voice in public water decisions. She announced, after meeting with representatives of tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River, that she would slow down and ensure that the integrity of the public input and consultation process was much, much higher.

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife currently has the rights to the water at Oxbow Springs and Nestlé’s proposal is to transfer the rights to the City of Cascade Locks, which would then enable Nestlé to sell it at more than 1,000% markup. Bark and Food & Water Watch are scheduled to appear before a state administrative law judge later this month to challenge this transfer—but we shouldn’t need to.

It’s time now, Governor Brown. The people have spoken. Don’t waste more tax dollars on a state process to transfer our public water when Gorge residents overwhelmingly said they don’t want Nestlé controlling their water.



Alex P. Brown
Executive Director

P.S. It’s great to be back in action at Bark after an extended sabbatical in which I traveled to the Peruvian amazon, Chile’s massive capitol Santiago, and the old-growth forests of Tasmania !! Traveling to so many places gave me enormous perspective on how special our home truly is. Please consider donating toward our fundraising campaign TODAY to be sure Nestlé’s final days are near.