Nestlé Spring Water Extractions in San Bernardino National Forest
UPDATE! The deadline for the public to submit comments on the Report of Investigation has been extended to February 9th, 2018.
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), Division of Water Rights (Division) received several water rights complaints and an online petition against Nestlé Waters North America (Nestlé) starting in April 2015. The complaint allegations included diversion of water without a valid basis of right, unreasonable use of water, injury to public trust resources, and incorrect or missing reporting, all regarding Nestlé’s diversion of water from springs at the headwaters of Strawberry Creek in the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) for bottling under the Arrowhead label. Many of the complainants emphasized their concerns about the impacts of Nestlé’s diversions during California’s recent historic drought.
The Division began an extensive water rights complaints investigation, which included a detailed evaluation of the geology of the spring water sources in the SBNF and Nestlé’s historical water rights claims. The investigation included a visit to the spring sites, which are located in remote rugged mountain terrain.
The following documents are available: