Water for Flathead's Future

Water For Flathead's Future is a grass roots organization that advocates sustainable use of our surface and underground water resources to assure that the needs of the people, fish and wildlife of the Flathead Valley of Montana can be met now, and for generations to come. Any person, or company, that endangers the quality and availability of this most valuable resource by shipping large quantities of it away from the local area poses a threat to our livelihoods, our happiness and our economy.  We work to prevent this from happening by advocating land use reform and denying permits for any such activities. 
We are made up of farmers, homeowners, sportsmen and business owners from around the Flathead Valley, all who believe in careful conservation of water resources that belong to all the people of Montana.  We represent thousands of Valley residents from all walks of life.
So, here is the story....It seems our Valley, just 30 minutes south of Glacier National Park, has been targeted as the next best place for a huge water bottling plant. A bottling plant that, at full build out, will be producing 1.2 billion 20 once bottles of water, and shipping it out of state . This one industrial bottling plant is slated to take more water from the aquifer than the Nestle owned Arrowhead Water plant in California, and is located just 1300 feet from the Flathead River, which is fed by the melting snow pack in the mountains of Glacier National Park and surrounding areas. Not only will they be removing the water from the aquifer, but they will be making the bottles on site, with heat, and then rinsing them and dumping the rinse water into a small creek which inturn, flows into the river., which inturn flows into the Flathead Lake, described as one of the cleanest lakes in the world. This area is prime farming and in an incredibly scenic area of the valley, with eagles flying overhead, and endangered bull trout in the river. We don't want the chemicals from heating plastic in the river, and we don't want a fight with a huge corporation either.  We need to stop this now, before it goes any further, before it's too late! We have hired attorneys, one to challenge the Department of Natural Resources temporary permit, and one to challenge the Department of Environmental Quality's lack of research in their Environmental Assessment (or lack thereof). We also have had to hire water engineers to gather information for the attorneys.  This is a fight that may go as far as the Federal Courts. 
Our goal is to keep this from happening, now or ever, in Montana, "The Last Best Place". We need to preserve this valley for all who live here and those that choose to visit this incredible place.
We believe we will need $50,000 or more by December in order to keep fighting this . We also would like to get started on a Ballot Initiative  which would give the people of Montana the right to vote on whether or not they want industrial water bottling in their state.
For more info, please visit our website, Waterforflatheadsfuture.org  There you will get much more info that I can share here.
Please donate to this worthy cause.  We can't do it without you!

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Deirdre Coit
Kalispell, MT

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