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The renewal of the Nestlé Waters North American/BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit has been a contentious topic in Chaffee County since it was first submitted for a renewal of the permit in Oct. 2019.

Now a group of protestors calling themselves the Central Colorado Climate Coalition has called for a 12:30 p.m. July 20 protest just prior to today’s Chaffee Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) meeting in which they will review the first draft of those conditions.

Photo by Brooke Gilmore.

The BoCC  voted on a two-to-one vote during their July 6 meeting to approve a permit renewal, but added the stipulation that they would work together to draft a strict set of conditions on the final permit renewal.

The protest is called for outside the County Administration Building at 104 Crestone Avenue in Salida. The announcement notes that they are supporting Commissioner Keith Baker’s stance (he was the only commissioner not to vote for the permit renewal) and standing up for the “permit conditions that prevent the future abuse of local water.”

This is not the first time that opponents of the 1041 permit renewal have staged a protest.

The announcement of the protest noted that the BoCC permit session begins at 1:00 p.m. July 20, in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room. The Commissioners Meeting Room is small; it is not suitable to large crowds in the best of times, and such an open invitation into a room that has just been reopened to the public after 15 months of COVID-19 pandemic closure pushes at the county’s public health order. As has been the practice of the BoCC, it will be broadcast on Zoom.