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Don't let Nestle destroy the Santa Fe River

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Petition to the Suwannee River Water Management District Board and Staff:

"Reject the attempt by Nestle Waters to renew Seven Springs Water's consumptive use permit. Drawing 1.152 million gallons per day from the fragile and valuable ecosystem of the Santa Fe River and its springs is clearly not 'reasonable and beneficial and with the public interest.'"

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    Don't let Nestle destroy the Santa Fe River

    The blue waters of Florida's Santa Fe River and Ginnie Springs are home to 15 different species of turtles, including 11 native to the area, and a haven for those looking to respectfully enjoy the outdoors.1

    But Nestle wants to change all that. The water-hoarding corporate giant is trying to pump 1.1 million gallons a day out of the Santa Fe River area, even though the watershed is already listed as "in recovery" from earlier over-pumping.2

    The Suwannee River Water Management Board is currently investigating and taking public input. It could decide any day now whether to give Nestle the permit it needs. We have a short window to stand with locals who are speaking out against Nestle's disastrous plans.

    Tell the Suwannee River Water Management District: Don't let Nestle destroy the Santa Fe River.

    The 1.1 million gallons Nestle wants each day is more than four times the record high the previous permit-holder Seven Springs pumped from the watershed. Nestle admitted as much in its application to renew an expired pumping permit it purchased from Seven Springs.3

    As the world’s leading bottled water producer and owner of the Perrier and San Pellegrino brands, Nestlé already has a dismal track record on water conservation and human rights. In 2013, Nestlé was forced to back down after fighting a decision in Ontario, Canada that would have limited its water-taking in times of severe drought. That same year, Nestlé’s CEO famously challenged the human right to water.4

    The Santa Fe River and related Ginnie Springs are already listed as "in recovery" after earlier exploitation. But Nestle recklessly wants to plunge ahead with a plan to rip four times as much water out of the area. It appears to be trying to game the approval process as well. The company applied for a five-year permit, likely to dodge the stricter scientific study requirements of a 20-year permit. But it is pouring millions into refurbishing and expanding a nearby bottling plant, which it wouldn't do if it planned to leave after only five years.5,6

    "The Santa Fe River is already in decline," Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, one of the leaders of Our Santa Fe River, told reporters, "there’s not enough water coming out of the aquifer itself to recharge these lovely, amazing springs that are iconic and culturally valued and important for natural systems and habitats."7 We need to stand alongside everyone fighting to protect waterways from corporate destruction for profit by speaking out against Nestle's move now.

    Tell the Suwannee River Water Management District: Don't let Nestle destroy the Santa Fe River.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    References:

    1. Richard Luscomb, "Nestlé plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry," The Guardian, Aug. 26, 2019.
    2. Ibid.
    3. Ibid.
    4. Food & Water Watch, "Organizations Denounce Nestle’s New Human Rights Impact Assessment as a Public Relations Stunt," Dec. 19, 2013.
    5. Our Santa Fe River, "Nestle sets its sights on the Santa Fe River," Aug. 2, 2019.
    6. Luscomb, "Nestlé plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry."
    7. Ibid.

    Photo: Gunther Hagleitner, Flickr