A little ways up the Columbia River Gorge lies the sleepy little town of Cascade Locks, whose main claims to fame are the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge and the Indian fishers. There's also a beautiful little spring, called Oxbow Spring, which for years has fed the Oxbow fish hatchery, which is run by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
ODFW has exclusive rights to the water from the spring; the town gets its water from a well. But since 2008, Nestle has been trying to gain access to that spring water, so that they can bottle it and peddle it. The town seems to like the idea, as it'd bring jobs into their strapped economy.
Naturally, Portlanders are dead-set agin' it. ODFW and Cascade Locks recently agreed to a water swap: ODFW would turn the spring over to the town and use water from the well to feed their fish hatchery, and the Portland loons are apoplectic. How dare they? That's "our water"! Never mind the fact that there are 31 companies presently bottling water around the state.
Those who oppose the deal have said they plan to put up a fight. Since taking office in February, activists from Portland-based environmental group Bark have sent Gov. Kate Brown's office more than 2,000 letters protesting the Nestle plant.
"For an incoming governor who is hearing with that level of volume from her constituents, it's extremely disappointing to see her sit by while her agency moves forward with such an unpopular proposal," said Alex Brown, Bark's executive director.
Well, Alex - it's not unpopular in Cascade Locks. Sure, it's unpopular to folks like you, but you make your money by rabble-rousing. Heck, you don't like hatcheries either, but you'd rather see that spring water used to raise hatchery fish than be sold to the evil Nestle company.
Portlanders have no stake in it whatsoever; it's not as though that spring-water feeds into the Portland metro area water supply.
You guys are like the old dog in the manger: "I may not be able to eat this hay, but you can't have it either," he said to the cow.
What it comes down to is that you and your pals hate on Nestle; it has nothing to do with the spring-water itself (or with jobs in the town).