How to Take Action
The state will be taking comment until March 3rd.
Letters can be sent to DEQ-EH@michigan.gov
There will be a public hearing on the proposed increased large quantity water withdrawal. The date and location is not announced yet.
For more information:
Carrie Monosmith, (517) 290-2601
This letter is meant to serve as a tool to aid in writing a letter to the state and letting your voice be heard. You can copy this word for word if you wish, or it can be completely different. Please let the state know your thoughts on the matter at hand.
Since Nestle has come to our state they have withdrawn billions of gallons of water to be bottled and sold abroad. This is water that will never return to the aquifer it is was withdrawn from. Even in the Great Lake State water is a finite resource, and should not be given away for free so international companies like Nestle can make large profits. Privatizing something so essential to life as water, needs to be done very carefully and cautiously. As the world grows thirstier and big business looks to make a profit extra precautions need to be taken by our state to protect our most precious resource for future generations.
Allowing Nestle to increase pumping from 150-400 gpm is not in Michigan’s best interest. This was shown by the computer model the MDEQ created. It received a failing grade which means the aquifer and surface waters in the area will be negatively affected by this increase. The fact that the MDEQ chose to override the computer model saying it was overly conservative is not a sustainable decision. The state should be overly conservative so our state can continue to be the amazing state that it is. Michigan has very little to gain from this and a lot to lose. I would like to ask that you not allow this increase to happen and outline further protections to make sure that our ground and surface water is protected from the privatization of the resource that makes our state so great.
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