April 14, 2012
Oxbow springs is a source of pristine water gushing from the base of steep cliff walls that dominate the Cascade Locks skyline. The spring, seen here near the Oxbow Fish Hatchery, is at the center of a continuing controversy, as the interests of environmental groups clash with potential economic development.
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City to file application, ODFW still on the fence
Cascade Locks took another step forward this week to bring Nestlé to the city by approving an application for a transfer of water rights that will ultimately help supply spring water for a proposed water bottling plant.
City of Cascade Locks officials say they have found a way to help move along a Nestlé water bottling plant that has been in a state of arrested development for years due to appeals from environmental groups.
Nestlé water bottling project inches forward
A proposal to build a Nestlé water bottling plant in the Gorge took a small step forward on Thursday when a state commission ruled that a water right the corporation needed for the bottling plant should not be canceled despite the concerns of environmental groups.
In Cascade Locks, future use of Oxbow Springs pending
Some of the first specific steps needed to secure water resources for a proposed Nestlé bottling facility are now under way for the City of Cascade Locks, despite a roller-coaster of leadership.
Committee agrees public education is key priority
A new joint committee for economic development (JCED) in Cascade Locks held its first formational meeting April 12 at City Hall. The partnership, created between the port and city, is aiming for a new era of prosperity for the riverside town.