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es and is vital to tribal people who are working to restore salmon populations. There is also a serious concern that Nestl is allowed to drill bore holes -- which are sideways holes into the spring that allows more water to come out. "The problem with that is that causes more water to come out than is recharged," said Debra Anderson.

"It can cause a subsidence. The water in the aquifer is what's holding the ground up. The other concern, because we are on a fractured system, is that they could tap into something underneath the water -- if they hit a lava tube, we could end up losing our water because it would destroy the aquifer." One should also remember Nestles track record. For over 20 years, it has faced pressure for its aggressive marketing of infant formula in countries with little clean water, which has led to a reduction in breastfeeding and increased risk for infants.

According to Global Exchange, the policy "has cost the lives of over 1.5 million infants around the world. But Nestl's irresponsible attitude towards children doesn't end there. As a leading exporter of cocoa from the Ivory Coast, Nestl has also been implicated in the ongoing abuse and torture of child cocoa laborers." McCloud is one small town that is part of a much larger problem with enormous consequences worldwide. "Water is a precious resource that shouldn't be bought or sold," said Gigi Kellert who works for Corporate Accountability International.

Keeping water as a public trust is paramount to maintaining ecologically healthy communities and safe, affordable drinking water for everyone. In McCloud, Nestl is literally locking up a spring that has been a part of the public commons and a place for people to visit and appreciate, says Tara Lohan, a leading activist. And for the Winnemem Wintu, it is also a sacred place. "We believe this is a public trust issue," said Mark Franco of the tribe. "We have to protect the water, not just for ourselves
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