Chaffee County Commissioners heard a final round of public comments during the latest episode in the BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit saga Tuesday in Salida.
Articles by Joe Stone
The March 31 purchase of Nestlé Waters North America by an investment partnership and subsequent name change to BlueTriton Brands has raised numerous questions related to the ongoing 1041 permitting process.
An economic report commissioned by BlueTriton Brands, formerly Nestlé Waters North America, indicates the company’s Chaffee County bottled-water operations produce local economic benefits of more than $1 million per year.
Members of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District board of directors agreed to support a stream restoration project for a 2-mile section of Oak Creek on the Van Norman Ranch near Cañon City.
The Chaffee County Commissioners convened another session in the Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit hearing Tuesday to discuss the implications of the change of company ownership as well as the company’s name change to BlueTriton Brands.
Nestlé Waters North America activities in Chaffee County produced economic benefits averaging $764,049 a year in 2019 and 2020, according to information presented by Harvey Economics at the April 20 continuation of the Chaffee County 1041 permit hearing.
Ice Lake will be getting a new outlet and spillway after the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District board of directors approved the project during its monthly meeting in Salida.
Nestlé Waters North America announced Tuesday that it has begun operating under a new corporate name, BlueTriton Brands, following the completion of the company’s acquisition by a partnership of One Rock Capital Partners LLC and Metropoulos and Co. March 31.
Nestlé Waters North America recently announced two free educational opportunities for Colorado students, parents and teachers through The Ecology School – EcologyOnline and the Teacher Institute for Watershed Science and Conservation.
Thursday’s “Digital Rally to Reclaim Nestlé’s Troubled Water” featured U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s 13th District and benefited six grassroots organizations, including Unbottle and Protect Chaffee County Water, which is opposing the extension of Nestlé’s permit to pump Chaffee County groundwater.
The sale of Nestlé Waters North America likely does not provide a legal basis for the Chaffee County Commissioners to deny an extension of Nestlé’s existing 1041 permit.
The March board meeting of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District covered the usual range of topics – augmentation, water storage, proposed legislation, engineering projects and legal concerns.