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Foreign Companies Are Stealing Great Lakes Water

Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting.

– Mark Twain 

Public Objects to Nestle

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, DEQ, heard from Michigan residents in a big way. The public opposed the proposal from Nestle to double the amount of water pumped from Michigan’s major aquifer. The results were 75 in favor and 80,945 against. Clearly, residents object to the stealing of Great Lakes Water.

Nestlé is able to pump millions of gallons of groundwater for a measly $200 per year DEQ permit. There are approximately 3,000 high capacity wells registered with the state. They withdraw at least 100,000 gallons of water a day. However, most are farmers who irrigate their fields to grow crops.

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Nestle, a company based in Switzerland, currently sucks up and exports up to 250 gallons a minute from a well in Evart, Michigan. Now it wants a new permit that would allow the company to pump 400 gallons of water each minute of the day, 365 days a year.

The Michigan DEQ received an unprecedented number of public comments on Nestle’s pompous request. This comment process started over two years ago.

It turns out that the Michigan DEQ is powerless to stop the foreign company proceeding with their pumping. Nestle can continue to pump out and bottle water despite overwhelming public opposition.

“We can’t, we don’t have the power to say no arbitrarily. We can’t just say no for reasons that aren’t attached to the law,” said Matt Gamble, the Department of Environmental Quality supervisor who’s coordinating the response effort.

Legislative bodies will have to step up and lead. We are not hopeful that the current Republican leadership in Lansing will prevent the stealing of Great Lakes water by foreign companies.


Is it Stealing Water From the Great Lakes?

Some question the use of the word “stealing” with Nestle’s pumping of millions of gallons of fresh Michigan groundwater for their own profit. We refer to the reference definition of stealing as defined by Webster as, “to appropriate to oneself or beyond one’s proper share”. It’s clear that Nestle is taking advantage of Michigan’s $200 permit intended to offer farmers the ability to pump groundwater for irrigation, not for selling.


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Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

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  1. March 7, 2018

    […] Yet there are threats to this resource. Foreign companies are pumping millions of gallons of fresh clean water everyday from the Aquifers that are fed and supported by the Great Lakes. They don’t pay for the resource and profit handsomely.  Read about the reaction Michigan citizens are having against the Michigan DEQ and Nestle.  […]

  2. March 15, 2018

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