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NEWS: Wellington Water Watchers march against Nestle water permit, March 5

Mike Nagy

The Guelph Mercury reports that, “Wellington Water Watchers and the group’s supporters are marching to Nestle Waters’ Aberfoyle plant Saturday to draw awareness to the bottler’s request for a 10-year, water-taking permit. …The water watchers group opposes Nestle’s application for several reasons, which include the alleged harmful effect it will have on the nearby Mill Creek, (the Grand River watershed) and the local (Amabel) aquifer. Residents wanting to take part in the march to the Nestle’s plant are to meet at 10 Carden St., Saturday at noon. The march will head down Gordon Street South to arrive at the Aberfoyle plant by 3:30 p.m.”

You can also take action by responding to the Council of Canadians ‘ACTION ALERT: Stop Nestle Canada’s request for a 10-year water permit in Guelph’ at http://canadians.org/action/2011/Guelph-Nestle.html. That alert notes, “In 2008, due to the Wellington Water Watchers and efforts of the Guelph Chapter and other activists, Nestlé’s permit was limited from 5 to 2 years and Nestlé’s was required to conduct extensive monitoring on the impact of their water taking.”

The Mercury article notes, “On Friday, the water watchers group learned the Ministry of Environment extended its deadline for public comment. The online environmental registry will close on March 5 for comments. However, residents can still email MOEWCR.permits@ontario.ca with comments until April 15.”

Wellington Water Watchers board member Mike Nagy says, “People need to be aware that they have the ability to exercise comment.” The Council of Canadians is contacting its members in the Guelph area today to let them know about their opportunity to comment on the Nestle water permit application.

For more information on this struggle, go to the Wellington Water Watcher website at http://www.wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca/nestle-waters-canada-permit-to-take-water/. The Guelph Mercury article is at http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/495442–water-watchers-group-opposes-nestle-s-application.