OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (5/8/2019) - The U.S. Geological Survey is beginning in depth monitoring and studies of water levels around a Nestle Waters USA pumping site.
Nestle requested the ongoing government studies of groundwater and surface water near the White Pine Springs site in Osceola Township. Nestle pumps water there to supply its Ice Mountain bottling plant in Stanwood.
The U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy are collaborating on the continual studies. Neighbors have raised concerns about the bottling plant depleting water supplies in the area.
“Some have raised questions regarding the impact of our operations on the environment,” said Nestlé Waters North America Natural Resource Manager Arlene Anderson-Vincent. “While we are confident in the sustainability of our operations, we have asked a respected, third-party scientific agency to conduct their own monitoring."
Nestle is optimistic the studies will show valuable information about Twin Creek and Chippewa Creek in the area.
The U.S. Geological Survey already has installed stream monitoring equipment in both creeks. Separate groundwater measuring equipment has been installed in two locations near Nestle's production well.
Government analysts will have real-time data from the monitoring equipment showing stream flow and water quality in the area. The public has access to the data on the U.S. Geological Survey website.