Springing Stories - March and April

Monthly recaps of all Spring to the Tap related news-- tap water, bottled water, plastic, and more!

California Orders 12 Oil-Field Wells Shut to Protect Groundwater - LA Times
March 3rd, California officials order 12 oil-field wells, including some used in hydraulic fracturing, to stop operating due to concern of groundwater contamination.

California is pumping water that fell to Earth 20,000 years ago - Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting
March 9th, "As California farms and cities drill deeper for groundwater in an era of drought and climate change, they no longer are tapping reserves that percolated into the soil over recent centuries. They are pumping water that fell to Earth during a much wetter climatic regime – the ice age."

Prince Charles calls for end to dumping of plastic in world's oceans - The Guardian
March 19th, Prince Charles says our our "throw-away society" is having a major impact on the ecology of the world's oceans.

Surprise Finding Heightens Concern Over Tiny Bits Of Plastic Polluting Our Oceans - Huffington Post
March 23rd, scientists have been finding that plastic is in everything: deep sea sediments, coral reefs, crab gills, the digestive systems of mussels, German beer, and now, even in the scales of fish, both farmed and wild.

Should bottled water companies sell national forest water? - CBS MoneyWatch
March 20th, despite major water shortages in California, Nestle has been pumping out groundwater from the San Bernardino National Forest with an invalid permit that expired 27 years ago.

Plastic microbeads: A toxic substance in waterways from the Great Lakes to the Arctic - Alaska Dispatch News
March 27th, research shows that the Great Lakes have concentrations of microplastics as high as those in the major oceanic gyres in addition to findings that show that Arctic sea ice is another sink for manmade plastic particles.

Plastic pellets found in puffin tummies - CBS News
March 27th, Scottish researchers discovered that puffins are ingesting plastic pre-production pellets, adding to the list of species shown to eat toxic plastic.

Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento - Daily Kos
March 27th, protesters blocked the entrance to a Nestle bottling plant disagreeing with their favorable treatment from the local government and their unsustainable water usage during a time of drought.

California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought - New York Times
April 1st, California's governor imposes mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the history of the state.

Mediterranean Sea 'accumulating zone of plastic debris' - BBC News
April 2nd, a survey found around one thousand tonnes of plastic floating in the Mediterranean.

ODFW agrees to new approach for Nestle bottled water plant in Cascade Locks - The Oregonian
April 10th, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife agreed to give rights to the water flowing out of Oxbow Springs, which is used to supply an endangered salmon hatchery, over to Nestle for bottling water.

Forest Service: Expired Nestle Water Permit A Priority - The Desert Sun
April 11th, an investigation in March discovered that Nestle is bottling water in the San Bernardino National Forest with a permit that expired 27 years ago, now the U.S. Forest Service is looking into the issue.

NestlĂ© Waters: Bottled water is not contributing to California’s drought - San Bernardino County Sun
April 28th, a Nestle Waters North American official writes that Nestle bottles an amount of water equal to two California golf courses over the course of a year, and that their operations are not contributing to the drought.

Starbucks bottled water plant draws ire from drought-stricken California residents - Puget Sound Business Journal
April 30th, Starbucks' Ethos brand water, a product supposedly trying to help solve the world water crisis, pumps water for free in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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