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.
Nestlé Waters North America pumped 71.9 acre-feet of water from the Pinedale Aquifer near Nathrop from October 2019 to November 2020.
On the heels of receiving a Colorado Water Conservation Board grant, the Upper Arkansas Watershed Partnership met recently to begin developing the Upper Arkansas Watershed Resiliency Plan.
The Chaffee County Commissioners approved a contract for Denver-based Harvey Economics to conduct an economic impact study of Nestlé Waters North America’s local operations.
As previously reported, the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum recently recognized Terry Scanga with the Bob Appel “Friend of the Arkansas” Award.
County Commissioners continue permit hearing; decision likely months away.
In the Tuesday session of the Nestlé Waters North America permit hearing, Chaffee County Commissioners heard public comments, discussed 1041 permit standards, voted to continue the public hearing at 1 p.m. Nov. 17, and adjourned to executive session to receive legal advice.
The Thursday night session in the Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit hearing began with the opposition group responding to County Commissioners’ questions and ended with Nestlé representatives responding to comments opposing the permit.
The Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit hearing continued Thursday morning and evening with a majority of speakers expressing opposition to a permit extension.
Chaffee County Commissioners will accept additional public comments about Nestle Waters North America’s 1041 permit extension at 9 am and 5 pm today.
The Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit hearing opened Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 6-hour session and testimony by county staff members, county consultants, various stakeholder agencies, Nestlé representatives, and members of Unbottle and Protect Chaffee County Water LLC.
“Operation of the Nestlé Waters North America wells has not caused progressive depletion of the groundwater resources of Chaffee County,” according to a recent report by Gary Thompson, principal of W. W. Wheeler and Associates.