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Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>
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Contact:  Robert McCann
              (517) 241-7397

DEQ Announces Proposed Determination on Nestle Water Withdrawal Proposal

The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a proposed determination
that a water withdrawal being considered by Nestle Waters of North America
is not likely to cause an adverse resource impact under Michigan's new water
withdrawal law. Under the law, an adverse resource impact occurs when water
is withdrawn from a stream at a rate that could harm fish populations.

Nestle is proposing to withdraw water for bottling via a well in Osceola
County with a maximum proposed pumping rate of 216,000 gallons per day.  The
proposed withdrawal would intercept groundwater discharging to Twin Creek
and Chippewa Creek, two designated trout streams in Osceola Township.  Based
upon the calculated base flow of the two creeks, along with Department of
Natural Resources studies of natural flow variation in streams statewide,
the DEQ proposes to determine that the allowable withdrawal from the two
watersheds is a combined 691,200 gallons per day, well below the amount to
be withdrawn by Nestle.

The DEQ's proposed determination is the first to apply Michigan's new water
withdrawal law.  It responds to a voluntary request from Nestle for the DEQ
to determine whether the proposed withdrawal would have an adverse resource
impact.

While not required under the new law, the DEQ is making its proposed finding
of no adverse resource impact open to public comment.  Copies of the public
notice, the report submitted by Nestle's consultant in support of the
petition, and a decision document providing the basis for the DEQ's proposed
determination are available online http://www.michigan.gov/deqwater.

Comments on this proposed determination received by January 15, 2007, will
be considered in the issuance of a final determination.  Comments can be
submitted to Brant Fisher, DEQ Water Bureau, PO Box 30273, Lansing, MI
48909-7773, or by email at fisherb@michigan.gov.

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