Nestle Waters of North America, one of the world’s largest water bottling corporations, has withdrawn proposed plans to pump water from a site in Newaygo County’s Monroe Township. According to Nestle, who bottles water in Michigan under the Ice Mountain label, the consistency of the water did not meet the standards for Nestle’s spring water. Opponents of the plan, led by the White River Watershed Preserve hailed Nestle’s decision not to continue with the project. Last month, the White River Watershed Preserve passed a resolution both opposing the withdrawal of water from the White River and calling on the Michigan legislature to revisit Michigan’s large-scale water withdrawal law arguing that its criteria for determining an adverse impact is too vague and limited. In the local media, reporters have described “intense opposition” to the plan by local residents.
In February, Nestle was granted approval by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to withdraw 216,000 gallons of water per day from a site near two trout streams in Osceola County. Nestle’s Ice Mountain plant in Standwood currently withdraws 313,000 gallons of water per day.