FOREIGN CORPORATION DEFINES LOCAL WATER WARS AHEAD
Congressional Candidate Draws Line in the Sand Over Local Resource Grab
Democratic nominee for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, Adam Christensen, today calls the nearly year-long battle by Nestle Corporation to take more than 1 million gallons of water from the Santa Fe River a sacred loss for the people of the region.
“Imagine the potential threat of removing the region’s most important natural asset for the financial gain of a multinational corporation and you’ve landed here in north-central Florida,” said Christensen. “We view the water grab as a sham, given that little or no permit fees for the taking come into the finances of our state or surrounding counties.”
The issue at hand is the purchase of water rights by the Nestle Company through a deal to buy a local water company and to increase the taking of the natural resource above the million-gallon mark. Local citizen groups, farmers, and individuals who rely on the springs and aquifer see the move as an affront to the valued trust of natural resources, which makes the area one of the most important conservation and farming areas in the country.
“This issue represents an even larger and more troubling trend, as elected and appointed officials provide support to large global interests and their lobbyists to undermine the interests of local communities,” noted Christensen. “During the last recession, massive bailouts by our federal government, for large corporate interests, were a tax-payer investment that ensured that poorly run corporations were allowed to be too big to fail. What about our small businesses, family farms, and unique Floridian communities which rely on these natural resources for living and recreation? At a time where we are losing jobs and finding it hard to make ends meet, we continue to allow the big guns to swallow us regular folks and further harm small towns,” said Christensen.
An overriding concern is that everyday critical issues like this are pushed aside in Washington, as the agendas are set and laid out by corporate lobbyists. Without a strong voice to counter the force of the lobbying, community issues often go unnoticed and localities underrepresented. As aquifers are being depleted, water rights and usage issues appear on the horizon as central to the future of agriculture and those small communities who will find challenges to their property rights to water.
Christensen’s campaign is focused on making sure that locals don’t lose what has made lives and livelihoods sustainable in Florida and wants to be a voice for lifting up families in the community.