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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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Against any more water from our springs.

Anonymous
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100% against taking any more water from our springs.

Sarah M
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Sarah M

Bottled water is just water from the tap. In plastic. Harming our waters and land worldwide. Piling up in landfills across the globe and surfacing in our fish and sea life. The average American eats enough plastic a week equivalent to a credit card. They are finding plastic from the 70’s that are still in perfect condition because half or even more of half of the plastic that people try to recycle can’t even be recycled. Buy a filtered pitcher that filters out fluoride and save yourself and the planet.

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100% against Nestle or any other organization harming our environment and ecosystem.NO NESTLE!!!

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Nestle is the enemy? Headline in Tampa Bay news regarding the city,” St. Petersburg pumped 6.6 million more gallons of dirty water into the Floridan Aquifer over the weekend”. You need to be concerned with area municipalities and agriculture, they take a lot of water and pollute the aquifer.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Step in the wrong direction. This is a fine we need to be decreasing our plastic water bottle consumption, not encourage even more waste, let alone the effects on the ecosystem.

Rhi
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Rhi

This shouldn’t even be a discussion, it’s our state and we wish for it to be left alone! We are over pumping and drilling our country to the point of no return! And while we are talking about ginnie springs could we please have strict punishments for those who litter? Last time I went there were dirty diapers every where and people’s underwear, used tampons and pads. Learn to clean up after yourselfs people!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

QUIT BUYING BOTTLED WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DON”T NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
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Our Florida Statutes require the water permits be “consistent with the public interest”. (F.S. Chapter 373, part II ). The public interest is to keep our water in the rivers, lakes and aquifers, not in Nestle’s pocket! Say no to Nestle and do what’s right for the public and the environment!

Jennifer Smith
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Jennifer Smith

We should say no and impose a plastics tax on them for all the pollution and drainage+water they take – nestle should fuck off. Stop supporting them if you do.

Anonymous
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Leave the springs alone!!!

Anonymous
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Leave beautiful springs alone. Let them remain beautiful

Anonymous
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This is wrong! Nestle obviously doesn’t care about children or our water resources which are very low!! Stop Now! And Respect Mother Earth Not Your Bank Account!!

Anonymous
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Leave the waters alone. I will no longer purchase any products

Terri Eickel
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Terri Eickel

Don’t let them do this! This is happening to us in CT with another company and its awful. The company doesn’t pat taxes and they get to continue taking water even during a drought – when residents have restrictions! Don’t let this happen here – don’t privatize water!

Anonymous
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Just say no to Nestle. Protect our waters!

Anonymous
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I’ll never firge5 what Nestle did to African babies in the 1970s. Caused thousands of deaths because of their greed. I strongly oppose Nestle’s use of the Spring.

Anonymous
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Protect the springs!

Samantha
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Samantha

Our Florida Statutes require that water permits be “consistent with the public interest,” (F.S. Chapter 373 Part II). Public interest. Us. The public. Florida is famous for its springs and endangered wildlife, be it Plant or animal. Focus on what is important in this decision. Florida’s rare and beautiful environment or a corporations dollar bill that could give a rats ass about Floridians or the our ecological wonder? Maybe it’s due time for us Floridians to strive harder to have the right politicians making decisions for us.

Anonymous
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Protect the springs, please! Stop this craziness, think what are we leaving for our children and theirs.

Anonymous
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Stop the madness. Mother Nature requires time to heal itself

Anonymous
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Enough is Enough stop the pumping . This has gone on far too long. Protect our Springs.

Anonymous
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Nestle has been taking water from California, I refuse to by anything Nestle, Stop buying there water , cut I don’t buy anything that has the name Nestle on it.

Anonymous
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Save Florida aquifers. Florida has already experienced too many sinkholes due to water loss in the aquifer. Let the springs revive the ravages! Do not renew permits to extract spring water.

Anonymous
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If this is really an “issue” and I’m not saying it is not, then the state needs to get with the water management districts and come up with an accross the board solution for all of Floridas springs. One is no more important than the other.

Mishel Deniz
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Mishel Deniz

Are you folks nuts..When Neses is finished getting to our water for free then charging you $for the same water..ARE YOU FOLKS CRAZY? BOYCOTT NESTLES. Flint still is drinking poison water while Nestles takes their water! NESTLES DOES THIS ALL OVER THE WORLD WAKE UP FLORIDA JUST SAY NO! WATER IS LIFE..MNI WICONI

Anonymous
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This is an outrage.. No more pumping the springs.. No more!!

Anonymous
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They don’t give a rats ass that people are trigger posting against this. Or giving money just to upgrade a site to post opposition. Find a real place to donate to. This rabble rabble rabble is ridiculous.

Anonymous
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…please stop this not just for our generation but for future equally important generations to come!!!

Anonymous
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Please do not let this happen, NO MORE!!!

Anonymous
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Do not let them take anymore. Especially in this day and age when we’re trying to get away from the plastic bottles as well

Anonymous
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Please stop destroying our beautiful state!! We the citizens say no!!

Anonymous
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Protect Florida from greedy, unethical companies – Nestle is one of them.

Anonymous
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Preserve your natural resource! Do not allow pumping for profit! Or non essential pumping

Anonymous
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Not one more drop!!! Protect our beautiful state!

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Keep it pure , NO MORE

A Promise
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A Promise

Lol! Wow, I will burn Nestle to the fucking ground. Greedy ass corporate pieces of shit.

John Hughes
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John Hughes

They need to stay away as they will destroy it in order to bottle water to sell in plastic bottles and polute the nation making millions of dollars and paying Florida not one penny. The spring is finally getting back to normal so leave it alone.

Anonymous
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Please no‼️

Anonymous
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This is our life line. Tell big business to be concerned more about people than the all mighty dollar!

Marci Butler
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Marci Butler

Love Ginnie Springs!. It’s a wonderful place that my family goes to!! No more pumping! !!! Figure out another way for Nestle than using up a beautiful spring !!

Dr Ken Moore
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Dr Ken Moore

Keep it pure and healthy, no more pumping!

Anonymous
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I oppose Nestle being allowed to pump any further water from these springs! Let the area recover!

Anonymous
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Nestle you are the absolute worst!!! Leave the spring water alone! Haven’t you done enough damage to this planet and it’s inhabitants, enough is enough already!!!!

Anonymous
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I oppose this application as it is in the best interest of Nestle, not our beautiful spings, and 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). This is in the interest of Nestle, NOT the public interests of Floridians.

Anonymous
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I oppose Nestle using the Spring water

Anonymous
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i oppose this !!!

Anonymous
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this place is a historical land site. we Floridians love this place. don’t let anyone ruin it. once it is destroyed it can never B renewed.

Eric
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Eric

Nestle has already taken over Crystal Spring in Zephyrhills and who knows where else. This needs to stop NOW.

Janey Campbell
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Janey Campbell

My family and I have been going to Ginnie Springs since 1980! My favorite place of all times and it would be a catastrophe for Nestle’ to be able to destroy something so beautiful. It’s time to say NO to big money companies who think they can do what they want with no consequences! #JUSTSAYNO