The Colorado Independent reports that Chaffee County officials have given the green light to Nestle company pumping millions of gallons of spring water near the Arkansas River to Denver for bottling.
As the website's Scot Kersgaard puts it:
This evening, Nestle can turn the spigot and begin filling its fleet of twenty-five 8,000 gallon trucks each day.
As he also notes, it represents a high-profile defeat for many locals.
... the deal has raised eyebrows all across the country, with the Christian Science Monitor and other national publications sending reporters to Buena Vista.
“Citing myriad concerns, a group of residents has objected vigorously,” reported the Monitor in October, 2009. “They worry about impacts to the watershed and to nearby wetlands. They say that climate change, predicted to further dry Colorado and the Southwest, warrants a precautionary approach to all things water-related. And, pointing to fights other communities have had with the company, they say they simply don’t want Nestle as a neighbor.”