Warm Springs Tribes secure vote against proposed water plant

Anna Mae Leonard, a member of the Warm Springs Tribes, leads a protest against the Nestle water bottling plant in Oregon. Photo from Local Water Alliance / Facebook

Voters in Hood River County, Oregon, approved a referendum that blocks a water bottling plant opposed by the Warm Springs Tribes.

Leaders and members of the tribe said the Nestle facility threatened their way of life and their treaty rights on the Columbia River. Voters apparently agreed and passed Measure 14-55 with 68 percent of the vote.

"LANDSLIDE VICTORY! The people have spoken!" the Local Water Alliance wrote on Facebook on Tuesday evening.

Nestle, the world's largest food company, wanted to tap into a spring near Cascade Locks on the Columbia River.

Get the Story:
Hood River voters block Nestle bottling plant (The Salem Statesman Journal 5/17)
Anti-Nestle ballot measure: Bid to block Cascade Locks water plant succeeds (The Oregonian 5/17)
Voters pass measure to keep Nestle out of Cascade Locks (KOIN 5/17)
Oregon county says no to Nestle water-bottling plant (AP 5/18)

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