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Protest planned to target Nestlé water bottling operations in San Bernardino Mountains

From 1947 until 2015, nearly 4.3 billion gallons of spring water have been taken from pipes in Strawberry Canyon, under several different ownerships of the Arrowhead bottled water brand, according to a recently released League of Women Voters position paper on a proposed renewal of Nestlé’s special use permit.

A federal judge in Riverside last year ruled in favor of the Forest Service and declared valid Nestlé’s permit for water collection pipes and related equipment in the San Bernardino Mountains. The plaintiffs, which were the Courage Campaign Institute, The Story of Stuff and the Center for Biological Diversity, among other points had sought an injunction on Nestlé’s operations until an environmental review has been completed.