Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Who Owns the Water?
A privately-owned Canadian corporation has announced a plan to build a 273,000 sq. ft. water bottling plant in Claremont, New Hampshire. In the sole public hearing on the issue in NH, the company spokesperson said that at build-out, Ice River Springs would be bottling 300,000 gallons per day, with 60 to 75% of it coming from a spring in Vermont called Pristine Mountain Springs. You can read more about the proposal and the players in this update from Polaris Institute.
Vermont now faces the challenge of attempting to protect water for Vermonters while dealing with the trade protections granted by NAFTA. More on that one here in this AP story.
Vermont's groundwater committee, set up by the legislature, will meet on December 14 at 10 a.m. in the Statehouse in Montpelier to discuss its recommendations to the legislature.