Please consider supporting Yousef Emara and Nathan Koh’s Change.org petition to limit Nestle’s Michigan water withdrawals.
From Yousef and Nathen:
Our names are Yousef Emara and Nathan Koh. We are eighth graders in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our class completes a Sustainability Action Project (SAP) by choosing a cause in which we can make a positive impact. We have chosen to raise awareness of Nestle’s water pumping practices in Michigan and petition the state legislature and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to reject an increase in Nestle’s pumping rates in White Pine Springs, Osceola County, Michigan.
Why This Issue Matters In many countries, including the United States, there is little limitation on the rate at which water can be pumped out of aquifers (underground water reserves). Water bottling companies have been pumping billions of gallons of water out of aquifers and impacting the watershed and surrounding environment and selling water bottles for 3000 to 5000 times more than they pay for it. One such pumping site is Nestle’s well field in White Pine Springs, Osceola County, Michigan, which is part of the Muskegon River watershed.