The state is taking public comment on a request by Nestle Waters to withdraw additional groundwater in Osceola county. Concerns have already popped up about local rivers and wells. Nestle says the move will bring jobs to the area.
The company says it needs the increased water in order to expand. The expansion would bring some 20 new jobs to the neighboring county of Mecosta.
Officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality say the water withdrawals could affect areas around the Muskegon River and Chippewa Creek.
Carrie Monosmith is the with the DEQ. She said the state has received close to 2,000 emails from residents.
“They are concerned about lost of water, decreased in levels in the creeks, possible impacts to their private wells, and many think Nestle shouldn’t be able to withdraw additional water for profit.”
Monosmith said right now, public comment is scheduled to close December 3rd. A decision on Nestle’s request will not be made until after a formal hearing. A date for that has not yet been set.