Nestlé water public hearing re-set for April 26, 2020 — The Ark Valley Voice

Location map for Nestlé operations near Nathrop via The Denver Post.

From The Ark Valley Voice (Jan Wondra):

In a sign that perhaps Nestlé Water might not find its Chaffee County 1041 permit renewal quite as easy as it had hoped, the Chaffee Board of County Commissioners has again changed the date of the public hearing, returning it to the April 26 date that they had initially expected would be honored…

During a Dec. BoCC session, commissioners were not altogether pleased to learn that Nestlé had asked for the required public hearing to be moved forward to Jan. 2020. They appeared “surprised” that county staff appeared to have acquiesced to the company’s request for an earlier date.

Public comments made in response to an earlier Ark Valley Voice article about the topic indicate that there are some who are not pleased with what they consider to be a rubber stamp approval of the state permit that allows Nestlé to continue to draw water from Chaffee County. During the Oct. BoCC session, county staff had indicated that Nestlé had met all the terms of the expiring ten-year contract.

“They have met all the requirements and they been a good neighbor,” said Chaffee Planning Manager Jon Roorda.

It would appear that commissioners are aware that renewal of the permit issued in 2009 for Nestlé Water to take water from Chaffee County for its branded, bottled water product might be more contentious than it was ten years ago. In 2009, the country was in the grips of the Great Recession, identified as the most serious economic downturn since the 1930s, and Chaffee County had experienced that economic impact. In addition, current public sensibilities to water shortages, heightening wildfire danger and the need to protect our natural environments was not as high then as they are a decade later.

Take a walk back in time to read about Nestlé here and here.

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