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MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Nestle Waters North America,
which bottles water in Michigan under the company's Ice Mountain
label, won't be pumping spring water from a site near the headwaters
of the White River.
Company officials said initial scientific assessments indicate the
water at the site in Newaygo County's Monroe Township has a different
mineral composition than other spring water that is bottled as Ice
Nestle had not submitted a formal proposal to pump from the White
River watershed but had made its intentions known. The proposal
generated opposition from local residents and officials because it
involved pumping tens of millions of gallons of spring water from the
watershed each year.
"We appreciate the opportunity to assess the site, and the
willingness of the community to learn more about our proposed project
and the scientific process we use in developing a source," Greg Fox,
Nestle Waters Midwest natural resource manager, told The Muskegon
Nestle opened the Stanwood facility in 2002 and bottled 226
million gallons of Ice Mountain water last year. All of that
groundwater, which comes from wells in rural Mecosta County and one
of the city of Evart's municipal wells, was extracted from the
Muskegon River watershed.
Earlier this year, the state approved Nestle's plans to pump 70
million gallons of spring water annually from a site near the
headwaters of two trout streams that flow into the Muskegon River
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