As California’s epic drought gets worse, state agencies just released a new plan for water conservation. But thanks to a bizarre ruling by a federal judge, Nestlé is still taking 100,000 gallons of water a day from the San Bernardino National Forest using a 38-year-old expired permit. The Courage Campaign is working to stop this. The judge said the company could keep taking water using this “zombie permit” that never dies.
Nestlé pays just $524 a year to pump as much water as it can from our national forest, and then turns around and sells it for $2 a bottle under its Arrowhead brand. With Strawberry Creek at record lows as of the end of last summer, wildlife at risk, and Californians all over the state taking action to conserve, that’s unacceptable.
“We know we can win on appeal because our case is so strong. And we’re continuing to push the Forest Service directly to stop Nestlé through the environmental review process required for a new permit. If they proceed with a rigorous, science-based analysis — as the law demands — the Forest Service will have to shut down Nestlé’s operations.”
Go to couragecampaign.org