More pumping could harm wetlands, suggests Nestle’s own study

EVART, MI — Nestle Ice Mountain may be underestimating the impact increased water extraction from its production well near Evart would have on nearby wetlands, according to the company’s own early aquifer test data.

Nestle predicts no “measureable effects” on wetland ecology from an increase in withdrawal from its well, but that claim is called into question by a 17-year-old survey data obtained from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality by MLive through the Freedom of Information Act.

According to a seven-day, three-well aquifer pump test conducted in August 2000 by the environmental engineering firm Malcolm Pirnie, Nestle’s White Pine Springs Well No. 101 in Osceola County sits atop an underground aquifer system that exhibits greater hydrologic connectivity to surface wetlands than the company disclosed in its permit application.

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