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Protect Ginnie Springs from Nestlé

People floating down the Santa Fe River in Ginnie Springs (ginniespringsoutdoors.com)

Nestlé is asking to take over 1.1 million gallons of water a day from the ecologically fragile Santa Fe River without paying for it.

The company requested a permit from the Suwannee River Management District which would renew their right to pump water from the springs, as they’ve been doing since 1998. The expired water use permit is held by a local company, Seven Springs.

Ginnie Springs is “in recovery” after years of overpumping, according to the Suwanee Suwannee River Water Management District. (Independent, U.K.)

It received an F rating for its flow, and an overall rating of D+ by the Florida Springs Institute.

“The Santa Fe springs’ flow reductions are the direct result of too much groundwater pumping,” according to Dr. Bob Knight, Executive Director of the Florida Springs Institute.


Tell the Suwannee River Water Management District that you OPPOSE this application.

(Scroll down to see tips on expressing your concern.)


Groups like the Suwannee Riverkeeper are “opposed to continued promiscuous issuance of permits to withdraw water from the Floridan Aquifer, which is already overtaxed and sinking.”

Nestlé is defending their business, claiming without evidence that the spring water is a “rapidly renewable resource.”

Unrelated to Florida, but important to understanding the values of this company, Nestlé openly admits to using child labor in its cocoa supply chain right on their website. “Nestlé is no different” than other companies sourcing cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, they say. The wording they use tries to absolve them of guilt, and the site lists their supposed efforts in “tackling child labour,” but the fact remains the same: they are knowingly profiting from the exploitation of children overseas.

“The simple truth is that every gallon of groundwater that is pumped to the land surface and not returned to the aquifer is one less gallon contributing to spring flow,” says Dr. Bob Knight in his op-ed, “Not One Drop More.”

“The state’s answer to Seven Springs and Nestlé must be ‘No!’ There is no way that these corporation’s desire for more profit is a higher priority than the health of our region’s springs,” Knight declares. “It is not in the public’s best interest to dry up any of Florida’s artesian springs. Healthy springs support a vast and abundant assemblage of charismatic and endangered wildlife, nourish our many rivers and lakes during droughts, and are the sought-after playground for tens of millions of visitors each year.”

Express your concern to the Suwannee River Management District

Non-profit group Our Santa Fe River has asked the public to comment against Nestlé using the official government e-Permitting system: “This is not a petition. This is not a social media platform. This is the real government deal.”

To place your comment, go to the permit’s page and click on the link reading “To comment or receive notifications.”

You can also follow this link, which will take you directly to the public input capture for permit #2-041-218202-3.

Choose the option for “I oppose this application.”

For your comment, be sure to pressure the staff to do the right thing based on state law.

Florida Statutes require that water permits be “consistent with the public interest,” and that the proposed use of the water has a “reasonable-beneficial use,” defined as “necessary for economic and efficient utilization.” (F.S. Chapter 373 Part II)

It’s very important that your comments address these issues specifically, as these decisions are made not because of emotions or logic, but because of written guidelines in law.

Even if you don’t live in Florida, please submit your opposition. These natural springs are great for tourism revenue, and turning them into sinkholes is obviously bad for the bottom line. This addresses the “economic” concern in the Florida Statutes.

Some good news: The permit request cannot move forward “for now,” because the original application that Seven Springs filed in March was incomplete, according to Lindsey Garland, the Public Communications Coordinator of Suwannee River Water Management District. Still though, it is essential that the public express their concern. The application could easily be corrected for the process to continue.

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I will absolutely not buy any more Nestle’s chocolate products or Nestle’s anything for that matter. Shame on them!

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Nestle can go back to making candy bars. Leave the water alone.

Anonymous
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Enough is enough do not renew!

Anonymous
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Our water table in Florida is already low. The water rights should not be renewed.

Anonymous
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ANYTHING that takes away from ANY of Florida’s natural aquifer levels is criminal. This particular site has already been damaged, no one knows to what extent or if it can possibly repair damage. Permitting ANYONE, private citizen OR cooperation to further withdraw water from this spring would be criminal! Perhaps Nestles should consider recycling water or moving closer to either coast and developing a working desalination plant for their water supply.

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This is a terrible idea. Please do NOT allow Nestle, or any other corporation to take over this (or any other) water source. It is completely unnecessary for the benifit of the public, and extremely unwanted by the citizens of this and other regions of Earth. We are already being robbed of our natural rights to natural resources.

Anonymous
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So much of Florida is already lost due to development. Don’t let Ginnie springs be another one. Once it’s gone, you can’t get it back!!

Anonymous
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Don’t let that be allowed, leave our Ginny Springs alone

Anonymous
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They better not, this is a great place to hang out and enjoy with your family… Big company’s like this a so damn money hungry they dont look at shit like that… but let’s take something away from them that they love and see what they have to say…

Nora Venken
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Nora Venken

I love the springs too much, don’t put your beautiful nature for sale.

Anonymous
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NOoooooooooo

Anonymous
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No!!

Anonymous
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No way!!!!

Anonymous
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Do not ruin our beautiful Earth anymore. Leave our springs alone!

Tami pannell
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Tami pannell

Corparations are getting greedy… Leave nature alone.

Tami pannell
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Tami pannell

Damn humans are so money grubbing leave nature alone!!!!!!

Joyce
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Joyce

Our natural resources need to be left alone. Say no to Nestle. Gilchrist county needs to set an example for the rest of Florida how important our natural resources are and not allow them to be sold for profit.

Anonymous
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No Nestle you can not have our water. Boycott Nestle!!!

Anonymous
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I beg you not to approve or support allowing Nestle to exploit Florida’s natural Spring water! The cost to the environment will be significant and economic suicide for our state that relies heavily on its natural beauty for our tourism.

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There is nothing in Florida equal to the fresh spring water . Its value is priceless! Tell them to get their water somewhere else.

Anonymous
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The water belings to life on earth,contained and proffered by a billion years of natures design. What makes this filthy, industry believe it theirs to abuse!

Jacquie
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Jacquie

Absolute not! I live in this part of Florida and our fresh springs are an incredibly important natural resource. As much as I love chocolate, I don’t love it enough to impede upon these beautiful and delicate fresh springs. I respectfully ask that you keep your hands off. Thank you!

Anonymous
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It’s time to stop taking water from local aquifers! Find a direction that contributes to the whole and not just a corporate bottom line.
You can accomplish contributing TO life rather than destroying it. It just takes the same nerve you already demonstrate!

Anonymous
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Berle, please take care of this beautiful sites and stop exploiting them

Anonymous
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Say NO to Nestle!!

Gayle Payne
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Gayle Payne

Leave nature. Alone! Please don’t permit this tragedy!

Anonymous
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Don’t do it!!! Take your water from somewhere else.

Anonymous
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boycott all nestle products… stop them from stealing our water, NOW,

Anonymous
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Boycott Nestlé now

Thomas
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Thomas

Say NO to Nestle!!

Anonymous
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You should boycott Nestle even if this fails. They are stealing water around the world along with many other atrocities.

Anonymous
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Stop Nestle

Aileen Scurato
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Aileen Scurato

Do not let this travesty stand.

Debi Peterson
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Debi Peterson

Please stop Nestle from this crime against our springs and state. More plastic bottles, when will this end? Do what is right for Florida and our children’s future. It’s time to make a stand. Corporations are ruining the land we adore. Make it count for the people, please! Water is Life!
Thank You!

Anonymous
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Oppose. They basically get free water and sell it for major profit!!!

Anonymous
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Stay away from the area.

Maruta
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Maruta

NO! Do NOT allow this to happen!

Anonymous
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No way!°

Anonymous
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No!

Anonymous
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I pee in this water enjoy nestle water Purify that

Anonymous
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This should absolutely not be allowed to pass. The Florida aquifer is fragile and has already been over farmed for profit. These companies can expand their business by filtering water through reverse osmosis. The only reason they want to empty the aquifer is because it’s “cost effective “ . They can pump as much water as they want to and it’s free. They don’t pay for the water… they pay for the permit!

Anonymous
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Not one more drop! Bugger off Nestle!

Anonymous
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This is Ef-ed up!

Dustin Huntington
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Dustin Huntington

All UF students take note. Even your institutions are indoctrinating you to believe GMO’s and industrial agriculture on a massive scale are good things. Now corporations are taking control of your towns water supply. Nestle have already have devastating results in California’s water supply heed this warning.

Anonymous
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Please leave our beautiful natural water and wildlife alone. It’s not yours to make money off of and destroy!!!!

Anonymous
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I’m going to leave this out there for a point.

In the United States roughly 900 dams were removed between 1990 and 2015, with another 50 to 60 more every year. France and Canada have also completed significant removal projects, and Japan’s first removal, of the Arase Dam on the Kuma River, began in 2012 and is scheduled to complete in 2018.

It’s seems that established tend NOW is to leave Mother Nature ALONE and stop screwing it up.

Anonymous
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Not sure this is a petition or just a site for grievances, but I totally oppose another greedy Corporation using up our natural resources for personal gain.

Anonymous
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Absolutley not Nestle!!!

Anonymous
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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH NESTLE! Your greed knows no bounds. Ok You’ve caused enough damage to our water systems as it is. NO MORE!!!!

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I oppose renewing their permit to continue pumping water from Ginnie Springs!!