Save the Wacissa River, Stop Nestle!

It is no secret that I have a deep adoration for the outdoors. This morning, one of my peers posted a link to an article warning panhandle residents of the looming threat that Nestle Water is in the process of developing plans to pump water from the Wacissa River and springs, which has great potential to deeply affect our relationship with the waters and the surrounding ecosystem. This will affect all adventurers, whether you’re kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing or just lazily floating down the river.

According to this article featured on Earth First! Newswire:

It is understood that they have pretty much depleted the spring they are pumping from in Madison and if they can not fulfill their quota of 1.6M gallons a day they will have to close the Madison Plant. Nestle’s intention is to pump 70 trucks a day from the springs. Each truck holds 6,500 gallons this is 455,000 gallons “A DAY”. Further the way they seek to permit this with the SRWMD by including with their existing permit it could potentially be 1,600,000 gallons “A DAY”.

Please follow the link to the original article to find out more information about methods of contacting local authorities to prevent these plans from coming to fruition. The site provides a list of phone numbers and e-mail contacts that everyone should take advantage of. This is one of those opportunities where we have the power to make our voices heard and make a difference.

If you aren’t familiar with the Wacissa River, I located some great photos from the Kayak Paddle Tales blog. I understand that many Florida State students haven’t had the opportunity to explore the Wacissa specifically, but keep in mind other nearby rivers like the Chipola River, which is the glorious river we all cruise down when we’re adventuring at Bear Paw.

While we’re on the subject of destroying a pristine natural environment for the sake of bottled water, let me remind you that bottled water is terrible for nature, and extremely wasteful. Invest in a BPA-free water bottle; you’d be astounded by how many places there are to fill up your bottle. Water fountains are everywhere, and you can make an enormous impact on your waste output by purchasing a single reusable bottle rather than putting hundreds of plastic bottles out into the environment.


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Categories: Current Events, Travel & Adventure

Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

6 Comments on “Save the Wacissa River, Stop Nestle!”

  1. The Mom
    October 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Remember all the grief you gave me when I didn’t want to buy bottled water!!

    • October 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

      I was young and naive – what else is new?

  2. AK
    October 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    From what I remember, I recently read an article about this happening in New York state too. I’ll try to find it for you.


    • October 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

      Oh yes, I’d love to check that out if you can find it! Post it on here if you do, I’m sure others would like to read it as well. Thanks, Alex!

  3. October 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm #


  4. Barbara Brumbley
    December 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    We have signs they $6.00 per sign,I live in Wacissa and this is killing us all to think some thing like this can happen but we are ready to fight this to the end and the end being Nestle leaves.

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