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The Chaffee Board of County Commissioner’s (BoCC) will hear the agreed-upon Nestle/BlueTriton Brands presentation of their annual report during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19.

Nestlé water on sale at Salida Dollar store. What will BlueTriton Brands labels look like? Photo courtesy Alison Brown

A decade ago, Nestle Waters North America was awarded a 1041 permit renewal to pump spring water from the Ruby Mountain Spring on property it owned bordering the Arkansas River. When renewal of the ten-year permit came around, environmentalists and those questioning what the company had done to improve the quality of life in Chaffee County.

The renewal of the permit last year was a month’s-long conflict, in which the water brand changed hands from Nestle Water to BlueTriton Brands (formed as a Wall street private equity group), and environmental concerns were raised throughout the county, state, and nation. Those concerns focused on the environmental wisdom of bottling water in single-use bottles, and the state’s continuing drought conditions.

For more Ark Valley Voice coverage of the protracted 1041 permitting process see:

The hearing before the BoCC is scheduled for the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 East Main St., Tues, April 19. The BoCC agenda has it set for 1:00 p.m., but as in many instances on large BoCC agendas, that time is tentative.

Or, readers can Zoom in to the meeting virtually via this link:

Those wishing to make written comments can do so until 12:00 noon on Friday, April 15 to the county commissioners and to the county administrative assistant at the following addresses:;; and