The city of Cascade Locks and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have filed paperwork for a water rights swap. The move would allow Nestle to bottle spring water in the Columbia Gorge.
Under the proposed transfer, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would permanently give up 225 gallons per minute of spring water. That water would go to the city Of Cascade Locks.
That sounds like a lot, but it is a small fraction of the water the state controls to supply the Oxbow Fish Hatchery, located in Cascade Locks.