By W. Edward Clark
Twin Peaks, CA – A community meeting will be held to discuss the issue of protecting the mountain’s water sources on Sunday, January 29 at the Twin Peaks Community/Senior Center beginning at 2 p.m.
FOREST SERVICE PERMIT
The meeting will address the expired United States Forest Service’s water permit allowing Nestle Waters North America to remove water from Strawberry Creek in the San Bernardino Mountains and bottle and sell it as Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water.
The event will be hosted and moderated by the League of Women Voters of the San Bernardino Area. Scheduled speakers will include a representative from the U.S. Forest Service of the San Bernardino National Forest, Nestle Waters of North America, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and a former San Bernardino National Forest biologist.
Following the community meeting, a Call To Action will take place beginning at 3:15 p.m.
Hosted by Save Our Forest Association (SOFA), the Call To Action will offer details of the issue and include speakers from Save Our Forest Association, the Center for Biological Diversity, Story of Stuff, and Amanda Frye.
PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT ENCOURAGED
Written questions from the public will be collected and presented at the meeting. Speakers will have an opportunity to rebut or question other presenters.
In 2015, Nestle tapped 36 million gallons of water from Strawberry Creek, paying $524 for the permit, which U.S. Forest Service officials say stays in force until it is renewed or denied.
For more information, contact the League of Women Voters of the San Bernardino Area at (909) 338-4163 or visit LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE SAN BERNARDINO AREA.