Tonight at 5:30 PM the Columbia BOCC will vote on a water bottling operation by Niagara Bottling that has already been rejected by the
Columbia County, Florida, Economic Advisory Board.
The Board of County Commissioners makes the actual decision.
Especially if you live in Columbia County, please attend or send them email or call them.
We don’t need more plastic bottles to clean up and we don’t need more drawdown of the aquifer and rivers.
See the letter below by Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson
for much more on what and why.
Besides, the demands Niagara makes sound like private prison company demands to have a certain number of prisoners or else penalties. For example:
Phase 1 water obligations of 650,000 gallons per day by Lake
City to provide water is only relieved after Columbia County
receives a non-appealable water use permit authorization sufficient
to meet company’s water requirements at build out of 2,860,00
gallons per day of potable water and Columbia County has all water
infrastructure completed and can independently serve the company.
The purpose of a county government is not to serve a private company from somewhere else.
See also background news stories by Stew Lilker, Columbia County Observer:
The word “potential” is important: just because a company promises jobs doesn’t mean they would actually appear.
And if water bottling companies and phosphate mines and agriculture keep draining the aquifer, what jobs will be left?
November 6, 2021
Good Evening Gentlemen,
I am a resident of Columbia County. I identify with and volunteer
for a citizen based organization named Our Santa Fe River which
opposes bottled water businesses in our region in order to protect
our freshwater springs, rivers and public water supplies found in
wells and municipality service systems.
Tomorrow night, Columbia County (FL) Board of County Commission
meeting will be discussing and possibly voting on the Belle Project
(Niagara water bottling plant proposal).
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 5:30 P.M.
School Board Administrative Complex
372 West Duval Street
Regular scheduled meeting Agenda: Continue reading