A message from
Caitlin Alesio Maloney, Courage Campaign Institute
As California’s epic drought gets worse, state agencies just released a new plan for water conservation.(1)
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.(2)
We sued to stop Nestlé’s water grab, but the judge said the company could keep taking water using this « zombie permit » that never dies.
Now we’re appealing, and we need your support to fund our legal team and keep up public pressure on Nestlé.
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.
But we need your support to keep this fight going. Will you chip in?
Yours in the fight to protect our water,
Caitlin, along with Annie, Brenna, Eddie, Emma, Kelsey, Moonyoung, Paula, Raquel, Scottie, Tim, and William (the Courage team)