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27th April 2016
After 28 years of failing to review Nestlé’s expired permit to bottle water in California’s San Bernardino National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service has finally begun investigating the environmental destruction caused by Nestlé’s operations. This progress wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Story of Stuff Community members like you.

However, the Forest Service recently revealed that they plan to allow Nestlé to continue bottling water without restrictions while the environmental review is being completed. At a time when the U.S. west coast is experiencing historic drought, and average citizens are being asked to cut back on their water usage, this is simply unacceptable!

We have until May 2nd, the end of the public comment period, to remind the Forest Service that their job is to protect public resources, not corporate profits. Take action to make a difference today.

Tell the U.S. Forest Service Chief to stop Nestlé’s water abuses and protect the San Bernardino National Forest today.

Nestlé has a track record demonstrating a frequent disregard for the wellbeing of communities and ecosystems worldwide. By bottling water in San Bernardino in a time of historic drought, Nestlé is threatening the very survival of endangered species. By permitting Nestlé to operate unregulated the Forest Service’s is disregarding its legal obligation to manage public resources like water, plants and animals sustainably -- to hold it in trust for future generations. But if public pressure persuades the Forest Service to turn off the spigot on Nestlé, it will set a precedent for protecting public resources that will echo around the world.

By allowing Nestlé to continue operating on an expired permit for 28 years before beginning an environmental impact assessment, public trust in the Forest Service has been shaken. Now that San Bernardino’s Strawberry Creek is at a mere 10% of its 90 year historic average, action is needed before it’s too late. It’s time for the Forest Service to show it takes public forest protection seriously by shutting off Nestlé’s operations today.

The only way to guarantee protection of the fragile San Bernardino ecosystem is to shut down Nestlé’s operations while its environmental destruction is studied. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to hold Nestlé accountable now.

Thank you for all you do!

Emma Cape, on behalf of The Story of Stuff team